Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 16:21:52 -0500
From: Jerry Miller millerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FRANKLINCOLL.EDU
Subject: why no right field?
Anyone know the background of the expression "out of left field" or "from
left field," which would seem to have a baseball-related origin, but why
LEFT field, rather than, say, right field? Given the current political
connotations of left and right, it implies something unsavory (or weird)
about those on the political left, absent any "out of right field"
expression to label people like Rush Limbaugh, John Birch, et al (or at
least gives Rush and his crowd a loaded weapon the folks on the other side
(out in center field at) Franklin College (Ind.)