From SABR member David A. Scott at Medium.com on April 29, 2020:
The phrases “little league homer” and “he airmailed the throw” did not exist in 1920 but those concepts were clearly demonstrated in the Indians’ 3–2 victory over the White Sox on April 27 at League Park.
(I must acknowledge that I am excluding mail by balloons, used at least one by George Washington, and carrier pigeons, the aerial polluters. Airplanes started going postal in 1911 but probably didn’t enter baseball hyperbole until much later.)
That makes Swede Risberg a potential etymological pioneer for his errant throw in the seventh inning this day. The Indians’ Larry Gardner had just hit a triple and was heading home. It tied the score at 2–2.
Read the full article here: https://medium.com/@davidascott_96906/throwing-it-around-in-the-old-days-321b96050ed
Originally published: April 29, 2020. Last Updated: April 29, 2020.