[Ads-l] Antedating of "Baltimore Chop" -Basebal

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Sun Jul 30 18:31:02 UTC 2017

Baltimore Chop--a ball hit downward in front of the plate so that it bounces high allowing the batter to reach first safely.
{Not in OED}
(Barry Popik found 1907 which Paul Dickson cites in his baseball dictionary)

1897 _The Pittsburg Press_ 3 October 1897 13/1

"...and Pickering, the club swinger, pounded out a good imitation of a Baltimore chop, as the ball jumped over Killen's head and seemed safe."

Sam Clements

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