Pennant

The common legend is, that when Tromp, the Dutch admiral, appeared on our coast, he hoisted a broom on his ship, to signify his intention of sweeping the ships of England from the sea; and that the English admiral hoisted a horsewhip to indicate his intention of drubbing the Dutch. According to this legend, the pennant symbolises a horsewhip, and it is not unfrequently called “the whip.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Pennant from Fact Monster:

  • National League Pennant Winners - National League Pennant Winners Year Club Manager Won Lost Pct 1876 Chicago Albert G. Spalding 52 ...
  • American League Pennant Winners - American League Pennant Winners Year Club Manager Won Lost Pct 1901 Chicago Clark C. Griffith 83 53 ...
  • Hank Bauer - Hank Bauer Born: July 31, 1922 Baseball RF 3-time all-star with the N.Y. Yankees and a member of ...
  • Joe McCarthy - Joe McCarthy Born: Apr. 21, 1887 Baseball first manager to win pennants in both leagues (Chicago ...
  • Billy Martin - Billy Martin Born: May 16, 1928 Baseball 5-time manager of NY Yankees; won 2 pennants and 1 World ...

Related Content