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Left handed ko 'southpaw" kyu bolte?

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Asked by Trivial Pursuit, 09 Apr '13 01:09 pm
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Yes, the origin of the word is certainly related to baseball, but one reliable source notes that southpaw was coined in Chicago, where the ballpark faced east and west, with home plate to the west, so that a left-handed pitcher threw from the south side -- hence, left-handed pitchers became known as southpaws. This same source notes that the term was coined by Finley Peter Dunne, who covered sports for the Chi cago News, as early as 1887. Mr. Dunne went on to become a renowned political humorist
Answered by Quest, 09 Apr '13 04:15 pm

 
  
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Of course one usually hears it in the context of baseball, and that is where the term originated. In the early days of baseball, the baseball diamonds were laid out with the corner at home plate pointing west. This design was to avoid having the batter facing the afternoon sun. (As the batter is facing the pitcher, hes facing east.)

This means that pitchers were typically facing west (obviously), which means that the pitchers left arm/hand would be on the south-side of his body.

Its also commonly used in reference to left-handed boxers, but also to any boxer who uses a stance with the right foot in front of the left. This is often referred to as a southpaw stance.
Answered by Diya AurBaatiHum, 09 Apr '13 01:10 pm

 
  
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