Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 11:04:12 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: "K" as symbol for "strikeout"
And remember that a backwards K (sorry, no ascii character) represents a called
strike-out. That's just for scorecards, though; the K banners for strike-out
pitchers neutralize all whiffs to the canonical (forward) representation. As
for when those banners began, I'm not sure, but the first ones I recall date
back to the heyday of Dwight ("Doc") Gooden in the mid-1980's for the Mets.
(If I'm not mistaken, his nickname is itself a truncation from the full form
Doctor K [based on the basketball star Julius "Doctor J" Erving], where of
course the K is yet again for strikeouts.)
Much more than anyone wanted to know about K's, I'm sure.