bleacher bum


Definition of bleacher bum

: a sports fan and especially a baseball fan who frequently attends games and sits in the bleachers From the grandstands, they saw bleacher bums sprawling in the sun beyond the outfield, …— Brent Staples, New York Times Magazine, 17 May 1987 He was born near Wrigley Field. And, says Bob (Chicago) Girsch, “I was a left-field bleacher bum for 15 years. I hung out with all the crazies.”— Beth Ann Krier, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 1989

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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