Definition of southpaw
: left-hander; especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher
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Recent Examples of southpaw from the Web
Florida southpaw Ricardo Sanchez (4-9) picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits over five innings.
Suter became the first Brewers left-handed starter to earn a victory at home since Randy Wolf on July 17, 2012 against St. Louis, and the first southpaw to record eight whiffs since Tom Gorzelanny on July 7, 2013 against the Mets.
Yost said the 25-year-old southpaw would receive a second opinion on the injury in the coming days.
Jackson desires an Etch A Sketch clearance of his team’s culture, the kind now afforded Divac, who will hand the ball to Fox, a southpaw who is 6-foot-4 with a seven-foot wingspan.
Lakeland southpaw Joshua Turley (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over five innings.
Paxton will be preceded in the M’s rotation by right-hander Sam Gaviglio and southpaw Ariel Miranda.
On the hill, the southpaw went 3-1 with a 0.67 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Gilbreath, a southpaw who was previously drafted in the 36th round by the Rockies out of high school in 2014, posted a 5-2 record with a 2.66 ERA for the University of Minnesota this year en route to earning 1st-Team All-Big Ten honors.
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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.
First Known Use of southpaw
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Definition of southpaw for English Language Learners
: someone who is left-handed; especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher or boxer
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Definition of southpaw for Students
: a person (as a baseball pitcher) who is left-handed
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