southpaw

noun
south·​paw | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌpȯ \

Definition of southpaw 

: left-hander especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher

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Southpaw is of obscure origin. A popular theory holds that it comes from the onetime position of ballparks in relation to the sun. Supposedly, late 19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter. The throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would then be to the south-hence the name southpaw. This theory of its origin is undermined, however, by the fact that the original use of southpaw does not involve baseball at all. Rather, the term was used as early as 1848 to describe, simply, the left hand or a punch or blow given with the left hand. Today, we often use southpaw as a good-natured term for a left-handed person, but the word is sometimes viewed as stigmatizing by left-handed people.

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With their lead cut to one and the Reds' best hitter, lefty-swinging Joey Votto, due up, Francona trotted to the mound to bring in southpaw Oliver Perez. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Indians' bizarre bullpen gaffe leads to epic Reds comeback in ninth," 10 July 2018 Alvarado, a southpaw, took the mound for the Rays in the top of the ninth inning, only to walk Bryce Harper. Jenna West, SI.com, "Rays Pitcher Ends Up Playing First Base in Strange Postion Shuffle," 26 June 2018 After getting called up to the Orioles alongside Ryan Meisinger on June 29, the southpaw allowed no runs over his first 4 1/3 innings before his start was marred slightly by four runs (one earned) during Sunday’s 10-1 loss at the Minnesota Twins. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Improved left-hander Paul Fry taking advantage of opportunity with Orioles," 11 July 2018 The 6-foot, 215-pound senior, an ace southpaw and first baseman, made the latter a reality. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Rick O'Brien's 2018 all-Southeastern Pennsylvania baseball team," 16 June 2018 Zimmerman, an ace southpaw who pitched 6 2/3 innings before moving to first base, plated Sean Donnell (one-out single to left field) with his 38th hit of the season. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Marple Newtown captures state baseball title with 10-inning victory," 15 June 2018 Opponents have ambushed the southpaw for 13 earned runs in the first inning of games this season. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Keuchel struggles in Astros' loss to Mariners," 5 June 2018 The Yard Goats' southpaw lasted two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on five hits with one walk. Staff Report, courant.com, "Tendler's Pinch-Hit Homer In 9th Lifts Sea Dogs Past Yard Goats," 4 July 2018 The southpaw struck out the side in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Joe LaFiora hurls Neumann-Goretti past Dock Mennonite in state baseball opener," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of southpaw

1871, in the meaning defined above

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southpaw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of southpaw

: someone who is left-handed; especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher or boxer

southpaw

noun
south·​paw | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌpȯ \

Kids Definition of southpaw

: a person (as a baseball pitcher) who is left-handed

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