Origin of "passing the baton"

Posted by Henry on January 20, 2004

In Reply to: Origin of "passing the baton" posted by steven on January 20, 2004

: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase:

: "passing the baton"

I'd guess it comes from the relay race. When your turn comes to an end, you pass the baton (or responsibility) to the next person in your team.