"submarine pitcher"(baseball) 1922
slangman at PACBELL.NET
Mon Feb 23 02:47:54 UTC 2004
For baseball terms, first stop is Paul Dickson. His second edition of
the Dickson Baseball Dictionary has 1919 for submarine. He is well on
his way to a third edition with hundreds of antedatings.
Sam Clements wrote:
>I'm not sure it this antedates anything, as I don't know where to find a
>cite other than this one.
>10 Aug. 1922 _Witchita(KS) Daily Times "part 1"/1
><<For the first four innings and the last four, the vaunted attack of the
>Giants was chained up by the underhand giants of Carl Mays, the blonde
>submarine pitcher of the Yanks.<<
>Evidently, the term "underhand" in referring to a style of pitch at this
>time, was actually a "submariner" or a pitcher who delivered the pitch from
>a low, sidearm motion. He was, in no way, throwing a pitch 'underhanded' as
>might be delivered in softball.
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