"out of left field" (Why "left"?)
Johanna N Franklin
johannaf+ at ANDREW.CMU.EDU
Tue Mar 27 20:15:03 UTC 2001
I've heard a story about this - be forewarned that I don't remember
the details anymore, such as who the ball player was. I think it was
Babe Ruth, though...
So once upon a time, there was a fabulous hitter who would hit into
right field. Of course, when kids would go to the games, they would sit
there to try to catch a ball. Any kid who sat on the other side of the
diamond was a little strange and thus "out in left field."
I think it's a bit too cute to be true, but it's amusing. Has
anyone else heard it?
Excerpts from mail: 27-Mar-101 Re: "out of left field" (Wh.. by Bob
Haas at MINDSPRING.COM
> I'd say that it would be fairly easy to get empirical data on this from the
> major league ballparks. Most hitters hit into left, so it makes sense to
> make it more difficult. Dead center just doesn't come into play that often.
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