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According to John Marshall of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: " It is agreed that this term for a bloop single into the outfield dates from around the start of the 20th century. But where it came from is the subject of at least a half dozen theories, as recounted in Paul Dickson's authoritative "New Dickson Baseball Dictionary." The Texas League theories range from a team in the Texas League that specialized in the use of the bloop single as an offensive weapon; to the effects of strong Gulf Stream winds on outfield flies in the Texas League; to the debut of Ollie Pickering, either in the majors or the Texas League, who came to bat and proceeded to run off a string of seven straight bloop hits. "

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