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The southpaw finished his career as a New York Met.
The southpaw’s primary targets on the gridiron are Andrew Smyth, a halfback and slot receiver, and wideouts Dan Bathon and Tom Waite.
On Alabama's final possession, which lasted eight plays, the Hawaiian southpaw guided Alabama 75 yards to the end zone.
Lubin, a southpaw, was selected as the 2016 ESPN.com boxing prospect of the year.
Everyone’s favorite Hawaiian southpaw sat out a close win against Texas A
The 28-year-old southpaw fights out of Stockholm and is of Aramean descent.
Bricker is now training with her fall ball team at Champions and will look to fool more high school batters with her southpaw arsenal.
Boyd was pitching in place of fellow southpaw Daniel Norris, who left with a trainer in a rehab start today with the Toledo Mud Hens in Rochester, N.Y. Twins lefty Adalberto Mejia allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
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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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