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Good Question: Why is "K" Used for Strikeouts in Baseball?

After a newsroom discussion, we asked Sports Director Jordan Furbee, "Why is the letter "K" used to represent strikeouts in baseball?"

The reason dates back to the late 1850's where Henry Chadwick, who is often called "the father of baseball" and inventor of the modern box score, needed a letter to represent strikeouts.

Since "S" was already taken for stolen bases, he decided on "K" after the word "struck." And it stuck.

The letter "K" also uses three strokes to make, representing the three strikes it takes to make an out.

A forward facing "K" represents a swinging strikeout, while a backwards "K" is used when a batter is "caught looking."

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