Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 09:17:54 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: "K" as symbol for "strikeout"
The LA Dodgers new Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo is on tv all the
time here, and when he gets a strikeout, fans line up big "K" letters. I
certainly don't remember this practice from when I was a kid and went to
Cardinals or Braves games. Does anyone know what the "K"s mean (is it for
"kill"?) and when and how this got started?
"K" is the standard symbol used by scorers to record a strikeout.
The practice is alleged to have begun in the 1860s by New York Herald
baseball writer M.J. Kelly. He used the last letter of "struck (out)"
since "S" was already used for "sacrifice."
Jesse "I hate baseball, myself" Sheidlower
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com