The New York Giants at the Polo Grounds
The club was first called the Giants in about 1885. P.J. Donohue, New York World baseball writer, probably picked up a chance to get into an argument with Harry Palmer of Chicago and Charles F. Mathison of Detroit. All three reporters followed teams that had big men and were proud of that fact and stressed the poundage and height of their athletes. The New York Nationals, after playing an exhibition game with Newark in 1886, were called Giants and when they first appeared in St. Louis in the same year, Joe Pritchard, Mound City expert at that time, alluded to them as the Gotham Giants.