Monday, May 5, 2014

Baseball Lexicon: Can of Corn

I haven't done a baseball term or phrase in a long time, so I feel I should do one.  Recently, I have been hearing baseball announcers use "can of corn" several times.  It is a old term and I don't really know how many baseball fans actually know what it means.

Can of corn means an easy fly ball out to an outfielder.  It was first used by longtime Brooklyn Dodger radio announcer Red Barber.  How did this grocery item become a part of the baseball lexicon?  In grocery stores of many years ago, cans of corn were placed at or near the top shelf .  In order to get a can, a grocery clerk had to use a stick or pole and knock it off gently.  It would then softly fall into the hands of the clerk.

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