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`ONE FLAP DOWN' EXPLAINED.



Ten years ago, Jeffrey Leonard
    Jeffrey Leonard (born September 22, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball with a 14-year career from 1977 to 1990. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants, all of the National League, and
     of the San Francisco Giants The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California that currently play in the National League West Division. New York Giants history
    Early days and the John McGraw era
     became the first player to hit home runs in four consecutive National League Championship Series games, but is better remembered for the way he ran them out: Slowly - one third-to-home trot was clocked at 8.3 seconds - with his left arm dangling in the style that became known as ``One Flap Down Verb 1. flap down - throw violently; "He slammed the book on the table"
    slam

    throw - propel through the air; "throw a frisbee"
    .'' In Lancaster this week, Leonard explained how his signature move came about:

    ``I actually did that a year and a half prior to the playoffs. I hit a home run against Scott Sanderson
      Scott Douglas Sanderson (born July 22, 1956 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for seven teams from 1978 to 1996. Baseball career
      . My first-base coach was out (of the box), so I leaned over to hit his hand and I just kind of left it down all the way around (the bases). I didn't pay it no mind. The next day, Ryne Sandberg
        Ryne Dee Sandberg (born September 18, 1959 in Spokane, Washington), nicknamed "Ryno", is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who spent nearly his entire career with the Chicago Cubs.
         and Thad Bosley Thaddis Bosley Jr. (born September 17, 1956 in Oceanside, California) was an outfielder for the California Angels (1977 and 1988), Chicago White Sox (1978-80), Milwaukee Brewers (1981), Seattle Mariners (1982), Chicago Cubs (1983-86), Kansas City Royals (1987-88) and Texas Rangers  asked me, `Did you hurt your hand?' Nobody thought anything about it. I did it all the next year. Then, in the playoffs, when I hit (the first home run), my parents were sitting way up, way up - I was mad - and I came around third base and started pointing at 'em and dropped down (with his left arm). That's when there was a big thing about it. That's when I said, OK, in the rest of the games I'll drop it down. The following year, I added a little more creativity to it. I had the `sling' (his arm horizontal), the `half-cocked' (fist up at his shoulder). I was having fun by then. That's how it got started. I didn't hit that many home runs. I was going to have fun with 'em. I always knew I was going to be thrown at. I was old-school, so I didn't care, as long as they hit me from the neck down.''
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        Title Annotation:SPORTS
        Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
        Date:May 25, 1997
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