Our collection of baseball terms
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|K for strikeout
||Henry Chadwick, newspaper journalist, created the scorecard / boxscore. He invented the fielder numbers (pitcher as 1, right field as 9), and abbreviations - (HR, HBP, BB,). With S for sacrifice, he chose K because it was the last letter of 'struck' which was used then more than 'strikeout'. Other uses of K include K/BB - Strikeout/Walk Ratio and K/9 - Strikeouts per Nine Innings. Backwards 'K' is used by some scorekeepers for a caught looking and by others for a dropped third strike (requiring tag or throw to first)
||Second base - the keystone in an arch is the larger locking stone at the top
||The inner half of the plate as in "that pitch was up in his kitchen". Source unknown.
||A pitcher who throws from an extreme side arm, body bent over so that his hand is almost dragging the ground
||Pitch gripped with knuckles bent and fingernails dug into a seam. The ball is pushed out by the fingertips to minimize rotation and allow air through the seams to make the ball appear to dance or flutter. (Also called a flutterball.)")