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Where did the phrase Texas leaguer come from?

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2007-08-09 02:41:42
2007-08-09 02:41:42

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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The Texas leaguer got it's name from my Great Grandfather, Ollie Pickering, who hit seven bloop hits in a row in his baseball debut in the Texas League. The above is certainly one of the theories on the origin of the term 'Texas Leaguer'. Another is that three players had been traded up to the majors from the Texas League and beat a team with bloop singles in their first game. The synopsis of the game reported the hits as 'dinky Texas Leaguers'. Another theory is attributed to New York Giants second baseman Larry Doyle, who played in the majors between 1907-1920. He said he noticed the Gulf stream breezes had a major effect on fly balls in the Texas League cities. Balls that were seemingly hit hard enough to make it to an outfielder would be knocked down by the strong winds and fall between an infielder and outfielder. this is out of the question but at one point our former president george w bush owned the rangers

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