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Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Sun Apr 14, 2002 12:27 pm

High fly ball to left ..... the proverbial can 'o corn.

Where did this come from??

How 'bout ..... "That's a fine kettle of fish" ......

"Can of worms" ......

And on and on ......

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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Sun Apr 14, 2002 12:35 pm

I haven't ever heard it. Sorry!
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Sun Apr 14, 2002 1:55 pm

A couple of possible sources of the phrase are cited in the definitive "New Dickson Baseball Dictionary." The most accepted: The phrase, first used in 1896, makes reference to a long-ago practice where a grocer would use a stick to tip a can of vegetables off a high shelf, then catch it in his hands or outstretched apron. Another possible source: Such a pop fly is as easy to capture as "corn from a can." Another theory came from announcer Bob Prince, who said, "it's as easy as taking corn out of a can."

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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Sun Apr 14, 2002 8:14 pm

TCAS has it. It originated as a grocher term, then early on was applied to high fly balls in baseball.
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Sun Apr 14, 2002 8:28 pm

Hey Lax, haven't you been watching too much of the Braves on TBS? That was their trivia question against the Marlins a few nights ago...
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 2:30 am

That was also the trivia question a while back during a D-Backs game. Its when the grocher/bag boy guy catches the corn in his apron after knocking it off the shelf, as everyone else said  Smile
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 7:43 am

How about 'Got Rice?' and 'Got milk?'  Smile
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:38 am

>>Hey Lax, haven't you been watching too much of the Braves on TBS? That was their trivia question against the Marlins a few nights ago... <<


No, I must have missed that game.

But now that someone has mentioned the grocer thing....that now rings a bell.

Thanx!

Now ..... What about that phrase "Can of Asparagus" ?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 8:47 am

I believe the term "Can of Asparagus" originated by someone watching a Los Angeles Dodger game. Noticing that all the players looked like a bunch of canned asses on the field, and going with the Can of Corn tradition, the saying "Can of Asparagus" was born.

I could be wrong though.
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 9:01 am

KROC'ster.....

Yes, I believe you're correct! It started in May 1981, when Fernando Valenzuela was pitching!  Smile
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 9:12 am

All this talk of delicious veggies is making me hungry!!

How about a nice big dish of "faggots & peas" ?!! Sounds yummy, huh??  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Check this link out! (Take special note of the 2nd dish listed).....

http://www.cols-world.co.uk/blkfood.htm
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 9:14 am

I now stand firm on my stance against vegetables.

1981 sounds about right. Fernando Valenzuela and his screw ball and all.

If a Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd reset gets worked in here, I'm going home!  Big grin
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 9:34 am

We could always go off on this tangent (which has a reference of food anyhow) .......

Larvell "Sugar Bear" Blanks (a 1970s ballplayer with the Atlanta Braves). Where he got that nickname is beyond me!
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 1:47 pm

Don't even try to give me the LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela theory about this. Bob Prince, the old Pittsburgh Pirates announcer, used the phrase when an easy pop fly was hit before Fernando was born.
It became legendary though when Matty Alou dropped an easy fly ball causing The Gunner to exclaim
"It's a can of corn.......And he drops it!!!!"

I don't know why he used the expression, but he did, ages ago.
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 5:41 pm

4holer........

The Dodgers/Fernando thing was something that myself & KROC collaborated on.

It's common name = a joke!  Smile
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Mon Apr 15, 2002 6:05 pm

hholer. It's not like myself about about 6 others didn't all agree on the origins of "Can of corn". The fernando thing was a joke as Lax said, based on "Can of Asparagas". Easy there killer.
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 2:53 am

KROC/Lax,

I was, uh, chemically impaired at the time I posted that. Me, and my liver, apologize for my temporarily diminished comprehension skills.

Damn that beer...
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 3:13 am

4holer. Being a guy who has been along with my liver had comprehension skills temporarily diminished due to that damn beer, you are forgiven.
 
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RE: Where Did Phrase "Can Of Corn" Originate?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 11:00 am

S'alright, FourHoler.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy [Pass that beer this way, bub.....]

Now ....... What's the origin of "Baltimore Chop" ???

Sounds like dinnertime to me (in baseball terms) ......

"Yes, waiter ...... let's see ..... I'll take the Baltimore (Pork) Chop, medium-well, with a can of corn. For dessert, give me a donut."  Smile Smile Smile

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