Wednesday morning I posed an intentionally easy trivia question to my Twitter followers, just for the heck of it:
When was the last time before this year that both World Series teams had nicknames also used by teams in one of the other three major North American pro sports leagues?
Duh! It was last year, when the Giants played the Rangers.
Then I posed a much more difficult question: When was the last time before that?
Trouble was, I violated one of the cardinal rules of trivia: Do not ask a question you do not know the answer to.
I didn't have time to do the necessary research before leaving for a tour of the Garden renovation, but fortunately tweeps weighed in and offered what I believe is the correct answer.
It was 1933, when the Giants faced the Washington Senators - one year before the original Ottawa Senators left the NHL.
Note: There was an NFL team called the New York Yanks in 1951, but that was their official name, not the Yankees.
Another note: The 1944 Browns-Cardinals World Series does not qualify. The Cleveland Browns did not yet exist at that time.