Chin music?

Posted by Andy Sporner on February 17, 2003

In Reply to: Chin music? posted by JB on February 15, 2003

: I've heard this said by announcers in American baseball when a pitch is thrown very close to the batter to 'brush' him back from crowding homeplate. Does anyone know the origin of this phrase? I understand the idea of throwing the ball in the vicinity of the chin, but why 'music'?

From the Major League Baseball termology:

chin music:
A pitch that is high and inside.