Baseball philosophy was Re: Bill Klem Quote

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Fri May 27 13:05:14 UTC 2011

Yes, it prefigures J.L. Austin's work on performative utterances. I traced
the three umpire version to 1954, but it's undoubtedly older.

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On 5/27/11 12:01 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> There's a more elaborate version involving three apocryphal umpires,
> encompassing both lines:
> Umpire #1: "I calls 'em as they is."
> Umpire #2: "I calls 'em as I sees 'em."
> Umpire #3: "They ain't nothin' till I calls 'em."
> --bgz
> --
> Ben Zimmer

Well, these are very interesting epistemologically or metaphysically,
aren't they?

---Amy West

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