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Entry from April 19, 2018
Borough Hall (side-arm pitch in Brooklyn)

A baseball definition was published in the 1943 Baseball Guide and Record Book:

“Borough Hall—Side-arm pitch in Brooklyn.”

The term refers to Brooklyn Borough Hall and was used by the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. The little-used term is of historical interest today.

24 June 1943, Miami (FL) Herald, “Spotlighting Sports” by Everett Clay, pg. 2B, col. 3:
Diamond Definitions—the vocabulary of words and phrases used to describe incidents, individuals and plays of baseball—is brought up to date in the 1943 Baseball Guide and Record Book.
Borough Hall—Side-arm pitch in Brooklyn.

6 July 1944, The Daily Plainsman (Huron, SD), “Andygrams” by Ford Andrews, pg. 9, col. 7:
If Frank Winters, Armour hurler, lived in Brooklyn, N. Y., and tossed them over the platter for the Dodgers, they’d probably call his side-arm delivery his “Borough Hall Special.” That’s the Flatbush slang for a side-arm pitch.

Google Books
The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition)
By Paul Dickson
New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Pg. 127:
Borough Hall hist. A sidearm pitch in Brooklyn during the period when that borough hosted the Dodgers (Al Schacht, Al Schacht’s Dope Book, 1944).

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, April 19, 2018 • Permalink