Why “K” Denotes a Strikeout in Baseball

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Henry Chadwick, the creator of the baseball box score, chose the “K” to denote a strikeout because it was the last letter in “struck” as in “struck out”.  Chadwick often liked to use the last letter of words instead of the first, particularly when he felt they were more memorable.  In this particular case, Chadwick said “the letter K in struck is easier to remember in connection with the word, than S.”

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