Antedating of "Designated Hitter"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 21 14:21:40 UTC 2005

designated hitter (OED 1973)

1969 _N.Y. Times_ 1 Feb. 34 (ProQuest)  International League--A permanet
pinch-hitter for the pitcher can be designated before the game. ... During
the game the manager can change to another player as the designated
hitter, in which case the original special hitter is out of the game and
the new one takes over his duties.

Fred Shapiro

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