First there was a "Bronx Bomber" fighter:
29 July 1930, Gettysburg (PA) Times, pg. 6, col. 4:
Lightweight history repeated itself when Singer, the Bronx bomber, beat Mandell with the first punch.
There was the "Brown Bomber," Joe Louis, who often fought at Yankee Stadium:
26 March 1935, Helena (MT) Independent, pg.8?, col. 3:
JOE LOUIS CONFIDENT
CAN BEAT DA PREEM
Detroit, March 25.—(AP)
"It isn't going to last more than five rounds," the "Brown Bomber" grinned today as he looked at the hands which have blasted him a place among the leading contenders for Max Baer's crown.
Then there was a baseball "Bronx Bomber," but he's not a Yankee:
19 April 1936, Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, pg. 13, col. 2:
Greenberg is strictly for more purchasing power for ball players. The six foot four inch, 210 pound Bronx Bomber points out that they are great consumers, and that a great injustice is being done. (Henry "Hammering Hank" Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers. The story is by NEA Service—ed.)
The earliest New York Yankee "Bronx Bombers" is just slightly later. The New York Post. June 18, 1936, pg. 31, col. 1, is headlined "Bronx Bombers Gain Speed."
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