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Out of left field

Posted by James Briggs on October 23, 2002

I've had another request from North America for something that's a bit beyond my knowledge. I guess the expression has to do with Baseball, but I'd love to know the details. The writer comes from Canada, but his name sounds French - perhaps he's not interested in Baseball! Help again please.
"Here's one that I have not been able to uncover... "Out of left field" as in "something came out of left field". I'm curious to know the origin of this saying"

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