Why is K used to indicate a strike in baseball?

first_imgMost baseball fans can recognize BB for “base on balls” and HR for “home run”, but why do they use a K to indicate a strikeout?  Here is how the story goes:  Henry Chadwick, an early baseball pioneer, is credited with developing score keeping for a baseball game.  In the 1860’s he was a sports writer in New York City.  He used the capital K for strikeout because he felt that the K was the most prominent letter in the word “strike”.Over the years, it has become common to use the capital K in its normal forward position for a swinging strikeout and a backwards K for a strikeout “looking”.If you go to the Reds games, you can watch them place these K’s on a wall in the left field stands.  Everyone is interested in this because if there are 11 or more K’s out there, every ticket holder is entitled to a free personal pizza from LaRosa’s.  Even in a losing game, people still get excited when they get close to 11 K’s on the wall in the left field stands.last_img read more

Sherwood: I love and hate Grealish

first_img Press Association Sherwood’s mixed emotions towards the 19-year-old academy product stem from the fact that he has been making back-page and front-page headlines in recent months. Grealish shone at Wembley in April as he helped Villa defeat Liverpool to reach their first FA Cup final in 15 years. But just a few days afterwards he was photographed inhaling the popular legal high nitrous oxide on a night out. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed his love-hate relationship with teenage winger Jack Grealish. He was on the wrong side of his manager again during the summer when more pictures emerged of him face down in the street while on holiday in Tenerife. Grealish is in contention to make his first appearance of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday after missing the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury. And Sherwood insists he will welcome the youngster back with open arms because he is a rare talent. “I will back him 100 per cent, he is such a talented boy,” said Sherwood. “I love him to death and I hate him at the same time! I want to nurture him to fulfil his full potential. “He did annoy me in the summer, but he annoyed himself. Hopefully the penny has dropped with him. “Young kids make mistakes. But they come through it. He is a one-off – and he is a one-off on the pitch. He has come through it and we need to move on now.” Grealish made a goalscoring return from his injury for the under-21 team this week and is likely to go straight into the starting line-up against Palace. Carles Gil also played in that game against Derby on Monday and he too comes into the reckoning after an ankle problem. Villa have beaten Bournemouth and lost to Manchester United so far this season in the Barclays Premier League and Sherwood believes the return of Grealish and Gil could provide the creative spark that has been missing. “That is what we need, we need Jack and Carles,” said Sherwood. “It is unfortunate that two of the most creative players in the side have been injured at the same time. Now they are getting back to fitness, it will change us going forward. “I think they could play together. If anyone watched them play for the under-21s, you can see they suit each other’s game. They pass the ball to each other and they enjoy each other’s company. “They are very offensive players with a good technical ability so they can take us forward.” Sherwood admits his young side will face a tough test at Selhurst Park against a vastly more experienced Palace team. He said: “They have got some very good players and Alan (Pardew) is a very good manager. “They are a side full of men. “They have pace on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that. They bring teams on to them and spring on you with the pace of Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon. “But we have to be ready for that and I want to show far more attacking threat than we did against Manchester United.” Although Grealish and Gil return to the reckoning, Jores Okore remains out with a knee injury and Jose Angel Crespo is still working his way back from a groin problem. New winger Adama Traore, who arrived last week in a £7million deal from Barcelona, could be included in the travelling party. last_img read more

New partnership takes golf to young people

first_img Tags: Community, Families, GolfParc, Junior Golf England Golf is working with new partner Factory Eleven to reach out to communities and create opportunities for more young people to play, learn and volunteer in golf.The sports business, based in North Yorkshire, is supplying GolfParc equipment to clubs in four counties which are involved in a project to grow participation among young people and their families.The counties are Durham, Cheshire, Somerset and Shropshire and Herefordshire, where clubs are taking the game out to the community.GolfParc equipment can transform a wide range of recreational spaces such as sports facilities, parks, school halls and playgrounds into fun and engaging mini golf courses for family play, junior coaching or competitions.This new approach to encourage clubs to engage with more young people and families in the community is part of England Golf’s children and young people plan, “Growing the Game for the Future.”Lee Dolby, England Golf Young People Manager, commented: “If we are going to create a meaningful impact on the participation of young people we need to work with a greater number of partners who can innovate and educate. We cannot do it alone and that is why I am so pleased to be working in this way and using Factory Eleven’s GolfParc concept.”Factory Eleven has been involved in many major golfing projects and events over the past 15 years, including a number of Ryder Cup legacy projects.Peter Gray from Factory Eleven said: “We are proud to be working in collaboration with England Golf to support this project. We designed our GolfParc equipment to create a positive fun introduction to golf ‘wherever you want to play’ and it has been exciting to work with a wide range of our customers over the years to make impactful local golf programmes happen.” 19 Nov 2018 New partnership takes golf to young people last_img read more

Ind vs SA 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Agarwal’s hundred prods India into an…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The HinduAdvertisement ps26lkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7o6g1bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2krx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4n7Would you ever consider trying this?😱fg4qCan your students do this? 🌚4vcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mayank Agarwal’s second consecutive hundred provided the Men In Blue a platform for piling runs on. Apart from the opener’s contribution, the total was supplemented by fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The HinduLosing his second straight toss, Faf du Plessis and co. were assigned to bowl first on a sunny day in Pune. Both the teams added one seamer each at the expense of a spinner.The track was livelier than the last surface as the South African pacers were able to trouble the in-form Indian openers. Rabada’s probing spell was met with a reward with Rohit Sharma edging one to de Kock after scoring 14.Advertisement The hosts survived a scare after Pujara was dropped on a duck. The batsman made most of his second life by scoring a fifty before Rabada snatched his wicket. The pair had added 138 runs for the second wicket.Mayank Agarwal notched the second hundred of his career and the series with Virat Kohli at the other end. Rabada’s day continued to brighten by dismissing the centurion himself for 108.Advertisement The skipper Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 63 while Rahane stays on 10 along with him. India are currently placed at 273-3 after stumps on Day 1 of the second test.Read Also:Virat Kohli: Double the points for each away victory in Test Championships!Virat Kohli: Let Rohit Sharma have fun in tests  Advertisementlast_img read more