The four-part story of Henry Wiggen begins with The southpaw, which was published a year after The Natural.
Devore has always been very weak at the bat with a southpaw in the box, dragging his right foot away from the plate.
If so,” laughed the southpaw, “he has been some busy person.
The southpaw fought to prevent his lips from curling with scorn, and to suppress a look of triumph in his eyes.
He was seeking to get at the southpaw with his bare left hand!
The enemy over in southpaw had already advanced the prophecy that they would take the meeting-house.
The principal question was whether the southpaw could “go the distance.”
“That may have been an accidental meeting,” said the southpaw.
The southpaw was doing some serious thinking as he walked back to the mound.
The swarthy little fabulist rose hastily to his feet, making a quick survey of the southpaw.
"lefthander," 1885, originally baseball slang, of pitchers, often said to have been coined by Finley Peter Dunne ("Mr. Dooley"), Chicago sports journalist and humorist, in the days when, it is said, baseball diamonds regularly were laid out with home plate to the west. But south paw "a person's left hand" is attested from 1848 in the slang of pugilism.
: switched to a southpaw stance for his 11th round
[apparently coined by the humorist Finley Peter Dunne, ''Mr Dooley,'' when he was a Chicago sports journalist and baseball diamonds were regularly oriented with home plate to the west]