Saturday, September 15, 2007

Did You Know...?

Did you know that when baseball was a day game, baseball diamonds were oriented so that the batters would not be looking into the afternoon sun while at the plate? Most diamonds were laid out with home plate on the west part of the field and centerfield to the east. A left-handed pitcher would throw with the hand from the south side of the pitcher's mound and from this we get southpaw for a lefty!

3 comments:

Random Magus said...

Cool! They would shine like diamonds as well facing the sun....

John said...

Random,
Leave it to a girl, oops-woman, to make it a jewelry comparison! I should've guess it.

Bilbo said...

I'm glad it worked out that way. Somehow, "northpaw" and "westpaw" just don't sound right...

Bilbo