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Q WHY are left-handed boxers referred to as "southpaws"?

Mick Stevens Longbridge, Birmingham

AITS origins lie in 1880s American baseball slang. Baseball diamonds were arranged so the batters faced east, to avoid looking into the afternoon sun. The pitcher's left hand, or paw, would thus be on the south side. When the phrase came over here it became attached to left-handed boxers.

N Reynolds Southampton

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2005
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