Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 11:04:12 EDT From: Larry Horn 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.