Ancient Base Balls
John Thorn

I have a question about the caption on the picture of the second great match game. It says that “Reach stands by bats at left, arms akimbo.” Akimbo is a word that I have heard, but really wasn’t sure of the definition. My computer’s dictionary defines it as “with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward”. Unless I am missing something, the man I presume is Reach is standing with his arms crossed. At least, that’s how I would describe it. Is there another meaning to “akimbo”, that would cover this?

Also, sorry for the diversion. Your article, as always, was informative and interesting. I love the delving you do into the history of baseball.

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