Sports locutions

ronbutters at AOL.COM ronbutters at AOL.COM
Mon Oct 27 03:22:47 UTC 2008

This one has to be as old as the 1940's (probably older). It was a favorite of my mother (b 1918).
Charlie writes:
"He can't win for trying."  That one gets some 630 Google hits, and 20 in Google Books (the earliest being from 1978, the others from the 1990s and beyond).
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