Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 16:21:52 -0500 From: Jerry Miller 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 don't have). Just curious, Jerry Miller (out in center field at) Franklin College (Ind.)