is a shortened form of the word fanatic, as in any New York Yankees'
fan who sits in the bleacher seats!
By the way, those
seats are called that because they are uncovered and exposed to the sun,
therefore they get "bleached" of color faster (especially true of he older
wooden variety that were painted)
Why are they called the
It comes from Chicago's reputation as a meatpacking and stockyard city
and the beef that comes from that industry
Why is it called
It was introduced in 1823 by William Ellis, a pupil at the Rugby Public
School in Warwickshire, England when he supposedly picked up the ball and
ran during a long tied game of traditional football.
Where did the baseball term
leaguer come from? From the minor baseball league in Texas - a nickname
for balls that dropped between the outfielders & infielders for a hit.
A local paper ran a "name the team contest" and a reader suggested Indians
to honor player Louis Sockalexis.
A left-handed pitcher's arm
faces south in most stadiums so they are called
When you substitute a batter
because the team is in a "pinch" (or bad situation), that player is called
(same applies for pinch runners)
originally dug out trenches at the first and third base lines that allowed
players and coaches to be at field level AND did not block he view of the
choice seats behind them.
In tennis, a score of zero is
because of an English speaker's misinterpretation of the term
(pronounced LUHF and French for "the egg", meaning a zero on the score
The Arabic word meaning "palm
of the hand" is the origin of the term
Ever see a figure skater do
these jumps? The
or the Ulrich SALCHOW
named after the skaters who created them. (that's called an eponym)
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