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No Bull

Posted By Alex Belth On April 27, 2004 @ 8:31 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Baseball culture is rich with sayings and phrases. Paul Dickson [1] even wrote a baseball dictionary to document it all. Do you have a favorite baseball word or expression? I do. For me, there is no single word that is more flexible or evocative (or fun to say) than “horseshit.” I don’t know when baseball men started using it, but when you say the word, you can fantasize that you are connected with baseball history, from John McGraw, Sal Maglie, Gorman Thomas, and Nuke LaLoosh, to a craggy old bird-dog spitting tabacco into a cup in Florida.

In his excellent book about the world of baseball scouting, “Dollar Sign on the Muscle,” [2] Kevin Kerrane gives us the following description:

Any baseball talent, body, body-part, effort, action, player, team, city, or scouting assignment can be horseshit. The term vovers everything but the world of words


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[1] Paul Dickson: http://www.pauldicksonbooks.com/work5.htm

[2] “Dollar Sign on the Muscle,”: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/080327789X/002-7467837-2148062?v=glance

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