"submarine pitcher"(baseball) 1922

Tom Dalzell 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.

Tom Dalzell

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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