gopher ball

Mike Calvert mcalvert at ENTERPE.COM
Thu Jul 1 00:08:03 UTC 1999

Is anyone familiar with the term "gopher ball" as slang for a home run
in baseball?

The sportswriter who used it in a story told me it's not an uncommon
term and is used by TV announcers. The sports editor was also familiar
with it.

I'm wondering what the operative metaphor might be. I checked the ADS
archives but couldn't find anything on it.

Michael Calvert
Night copy editor
Press Enterprise
Bloomsburg, PA

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