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'Southpaw' At the Chicago White Stockings' Westside Park, the left hand of a pitcher was on the south side of the park. Finley Peter Dunne, who covered the White Stockings for the Chicago Daily News, coined the term "southpaw" in the 1880s to describe a left-handed pitcher. Dunne's innovative style of reporting, with energetic and colorful play-by-play accounts, brought the game to life for readers who were used to seeing only the box scores.


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