Man Bag; Re: Golden Sombrero (baseball slang)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 25 20:56:45 UTC 2006

>I´d also check ¨grand sombrero¨(like ¨grand
>slam¨). Not everything´s golden...The ¨1984¨
>should be ¨1987¨ in the below cite, I assume.

I don't see any.  The "grand sombrero" hits I
find are either literal (typically from French
passages about, unsurprisingly, a large sombrero)
or metaphorical but not with reference to
strikeouts.  (There's one about a guy selling
four cars, for example.)  "Golden sombrero" +
"strikeout" yields 875 hits, "grand sombrero" +
"strikeout" zero.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
>Sent: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 12:10 PM
>Subject: Re: Golden Sombrero (baseball slang)
>On 7/23/06, bapopik at <bapopik at> wrote:
>>  Alex Rodriguez (some New York Yankee player, supposedly good and with a
>>  following in the Dominican Republic) struck
>>out four times last night. He received
>>  the "golden sombrero."
>>  ...
>>  Maybe someone with FACTIVA or The Sporting News can check this. Any
>>  HDAS entry?
>Dickson's got it from 1989 (Don Baylor), but Factiva and
>Newspaperarchive push it back to 1987 (Pete Rose).
>Associated Press, June 16, 1984
>"We had two guys who got the 'Golden Sombrero' tonight. You know what
>the Golden Sombrero is don't you? It's the hat trick plus one. Our No.
>1 and No. 8 hitters struck out four times each." -- Cincinnati Manager
>Pete Rose. Houston's Mike Scott struck out 14 Reds, leading Houston to
>a 4-0 victory Monday.
>--Ben Zimmer
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