baseball: Flew out or Flied out
Posted: 27 December 2012 04:17 PM   [ Ignore ]
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In “The Whole Six? Yards” thread I went to the 1921 Article and noted that there is both “flew” and “flied” in that baseball article. OED has this:

h. Baseball. To hit a fly-ball (fly n.2 Compounds 2). Chiefly with out. (Pa. tense usu. flied.)

1893 Chicago Tribune 3 July 7/3 Kittridge flied out to Brodie.
1904 St. Louis Globe-Democrat 4 July 12/3 Wallace flew to Lush for the third out.
1912 C. Mathewson Pitching in Pinch ix. 202 Sheckard flied out to Seymour, Kling being held on second base.
1948 Durant (Okla.) Daily Democrat 2 July 4/4 Baker then flied to center and neither runner was able to advance.

Note that in 1893 it’s “flied” and in 1904 it’s “flew” But in the article in questionboth ways of writing this odd past tense are used. Sorry, link to article doesn’t work.

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Posted: 27 December 2012 05:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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So my question is, is there a point when this “flied” usage was settled by sports journalists? Was there a discussion about this along the way?

This seems to be an altogether reasonable explanation:

[ Edited: 27 December 2012 06:37 PM by Oecolampadius ]
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