The 2009 baseball World Series involved the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Nicknames for the World Series have been used since the still-popular 1920s term “subway series” (an all-New York City World Series between the Yankees and the New York Giants or Brooklyn Dodgers or New York Mets).
The 2009 series was dubbed the “Amtrak Series,” after the train service between the two cities. Another name used was “New Jersey Turnpike Series,” for the road between the two cities. “I-95 Series” was also used, but the 1983 World Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies had previously used this nickname.
“Liberty Series” (after Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and New York City’s Statue of Liberty) was also a popular nickname for the series.
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak (reporting mark AMTK), is a government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States. “Amtrak” is a blend of the words “America” and “track”. It is headquartered at Union Station in Washington, DC.
Wikipedia: 1983 World Series
The 1983 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, with the Orioles winning four games to one. “The I-95 Series"—like the World Series two years later, also took its nickname from the Interstate that it took for the teams and fans to travel on—I-95 in this case.
Buffalo (NY) News - Inside Pitch
October 15, 2009
The LCS picks: Mine and yours
So I’m going with the Yankees and Phillies in an Amtrak series.
10/21/09 1:06 AM
Last week I was in Ottawa, and one of the local papers there had a column from the LA Times pulling for a Freeway Series between the [hated] Dodgers and the Angels. But at this point, with Philly and NY each up 3-1 in their respective LCSs, it seems more likely we’ll have a NJ Turnpike Series. That’s the road that connects the Bronx with Philadelphia:
Curiously, the only previous WS meeting between the Yanks and the Phils was in 1950, a year before the Turnpike opened.
Originally Published: October 22, 2009
For Angels, it all begins with LackeyFacing elimination, the Halos aren’t dead yet … and here are the reasons
By Howard Bryant
ANAHEIM, Calif.—The Angels were mauled Tuesday on their home field 10-1 by a Yankees team that took a 5-0 lead and then, smelling blood, ran the bases hard and poured on five more runs as Game 4 continued.
If the Freeway Series now seems as remote as the Family Feud Series (Joe Torre versus the Yankees), the Amtrak Series (Phillies versus Yankees) is beginning to take on an air of inevitability.
Philadelphia Speaks Forum
10/26/09, 12:36 AM
Name that Series!
Acela series? (ha!)
Rocky vs. Bullwinkle?
There’s got to be a good one out there.
Liberty Series: Statue, Bell set for clash
Yankees-Phillies offers host of intriguing angles
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
10/26/09 2:13 AM ET
The World Series is the Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees.
MyFOX New York
10 Annoying Things About Philadelphia and the Phillies
Sorry, Yankees and New York Are Awesomer
Published : Monday, 26 Oct 2009, 11:48 PM EDT
By ARUN KRISTIAN DAS / MyFox New York
MYFOXNY.COM - The New York Yankees are taking on their neighbors to the south—the Philadelphia Phillies—in the 2009 World Series.
It’s a rematch of the 1950 series (which the Yanks swept). It’s also being billed as the “Turnpike Series”—never mind that the New Jersey Turnpike doesn’t actually connect the Bronx to Philadelphia. (Indeed it should be called either the “I-95 Series” or the “Amtrak Series.")
New York (NY) Times
Making Tracks From Philadelphia to the Bronx
By NAILA-JEAN MEYERS
Published: October 27, 2009
The World Series matchup has already generated several names like the Liberty Series, the New Jersey Turnpike Series and the Amtrak Series. Using the Jersey Turnpike, a trip from Citizens Bank Park to Yankee Stadium is 108 miles — 1 hour 44 minutes without traffic.
New York City • Sports/Games • (1) Comments • Tuesday, October 27, 2009 • Permalink
Jersey Turnpike Series is the best name because the Turnpike connects NYC and Philly. Amtrack goes hundreds of places, there is nothing special about Amtrack between NYC and Philly.