A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Bronx Bombers (New York Yankees nickname)
"Bronx Bombers" is a popular nickname of the New York Yankees baseball team. The Yankees originally played in Manhattan in 1903, but opened Yankee Stadium in the Bronx in 1923.

"Bronx bombers" was printed in the New York (NY) American on June 10, 1928. "Miller Huggins Bronx bombers" was printed in the Daily News (New York, NY) on July 5, 1928. "Ben Chapman and Dusty Cooke Bat Bronx Bombers to Victory" was printed in the Daily News on April 14, 1930. "The Bronx bombers are not to be overlooked in any baseball conversation" was printed in the Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle on June 9, 1932. It's not known what sportswriter popularized the nickname.

Manhattan's Lower East Side-born lightweight boxer Al Singer (1909-1961) was called the "Bronx Bomber" since 1929. He lived in the Pelham section of the Bronx and was also called the "Bronx Beauty."

American professional boxer Joe Louis (1914-1981) was called the "Brown Bomber," and he fought Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium in 1936 and again in 1938. However, the Yankees were already being called the "Bronx Bombers," and the "Brown Bomber" did not influence the Yankees nickname.

Baseball slugger Hank Greenberg (1911-1986), who played for the Detroit Tigers, was called the "Bronx Bomber" in 1935. Greenberg was born in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

The Brooklyn baseball team in the National League (called both the "Robins" and the "Dodgers") was infrequently nicknamed the "Brooklyn Bombers" in the 1920s and 1930s.

Before "Bronx Bombers" began to be used, the New York Yankees were named after their manager, Miller Huggins (1918-1929), and were called "Hug's Men" or "Hugmen," and "Huggins'(s) Sluggers" or "Hug's Sluggers."

The New York Yankees nicknames of "Ruppert's Riflemen" and "Ruppert's Rifles" (after Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert Jr., 1915-1939) were also used in the 1920s and 1930s.


Wikipedia: New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

Wikipedia: Yankee Stadium (1923)
The original Yankee Stadium was a stadium located in the Bronx in New York City. It was the home ballpark of the New York Yankees, one of the city's Major League Baseball franchises, from 1923 to 2008, except for 1974–1975 when the stadium was renovated. It hosted 6,581 Yankees regular season home games during its 85-year history. It was also the home of the New York Giants National Football League (NFL) team from 1956 through September 1973. The stadium's nickname, "The House That Ruth Built", is derived from Babe Ruth, the baseball superstar whose prime years coincided with the stadium's opening and the beginning of the Yankees' winning history. It has often been referred to as "The Cathedral of Baseball".

10 June 1928, New York (NY) American, "Hugmen Come from Rear to Sweep Series" by Bill Slocum, pg. 2-S, col. 1:
The lead which the Indians gave their southpaw in the sixth gave the fans hope of a gloating finish but the Bronx bombers put on the big act in the seventh, blasted Miller off the peak with five hits and four runs and thereafter it was just a ride.

Newspapers.com
5 July 1928, Daily News (New York, NY), "Yanks Split Pair With Senators" by Frank Wallace, pg. 35, col. 1:
Bucky Harris' honky tonk mob mixed with Miller Huggins Bronx bombers, and honors were even after a day of high class killings.

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14 April 1930, Daily News (New York, NY), pg. 32, col. 1:
YANKS SNARE ROBINS, 8-5
Ben Chapman and Dusty Cooke
Bat Bronx Bombers to Victory


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9 June 1932, Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle, "Off the Handle: What the Big Leaguers Are Doing and Saying" by Harold C. Burr, pg. 29, col. 3:
The Bronx bombers are not to be overlooked in any baseball conversation.


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24 July 1935, Daily News (New York , NY),, pg. 44, col. 1:
YANKEES WIN 1st, TIGERS 2d
Gehrig, Greenberg Belt
Homers Before 65,000

By ROGER BIRTWELL
The Yankees have what it takes after all! Poohpoohed and ridiculed for recent complacent surrenders to St. Louis, the Bronx Bombers -- with their league lead at stake -- came surging back before a sweltering mob of 65,000, at the Stadium yesterday, ...

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6 August 1935, Piqua (OH) Daily Call, pg. 7, col. 6:
Guess-Hitter Hank Greenberg Hits
Ball As He Swings To Please Fans

By HARRY GRAYSON
NEA Service Sports Editor
(...)
The Bronx Bomber (Hank Greenburg -- ed.) also is candid in saying that Del Baker, the old Detroit catcher who coaches at third base for the Tigers, helps him no litt.e

18 June 1936, New York (NY) Post, pg. 31, col. 1:
Bronx Bombers Gain Speed

27 June 1936, New Journal And Guide (Norfolk, VA), "Items Of Interest On Louis-Schmeling Bout" (ANP), pg. 14, col. 8:
Louis' popularity has grown so that writers are referring to Col. Ruppert's Yankees as the Bronx Bombers. Giving them the read end of Mr. Louis' now famous name.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Bronx Bombers : a celebration of the 1985 New York Yankees
Author: United Press International
Print Book, English, ©1985
Publisher: Contemporary Books, Chicago, ©1985

OCLC WorldCat record
The New York Yankees home run almanac : the Bronx bombers' most historic, unusual, and titanic dingers
Author: Douglas B. Lyons (Author)
Summary: Relive the greatest home runs in Yankees history!
eBook, English, 2018
Publisher: Sports Publishing, New York, NY, 2018

OCLC WorldCat record
New York Yankees : a curated history of the Bronx Bombers
Author: Mark Feinsand (Author)
Summary: "This thoughtful and engaging collection of essays captures the astute fans' history of the franchise, going beyond well-worn narratives of yesteryear to uncover the less-discussed moments, decisions, people, and settings that fostered the Yankees' iconic identity. Through wheeling and dealing, mythmaking and community building, explore where the organization has been, how it got to prominence in the modern major league landscape, and how it'll continue to evolve and stay in contention for generations to come"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2022
Publisher: Triumph Books, Chicago, 2022
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, July 05, 2004 • Permalink


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