A baseball batter sometimes does not hit a ball solidly, but the ball floats between fielders for a “blooper” or “dink” hit. The baseball saying is, “a bloop hit looks like a line drive in the box score.”
“A fluke double although it looks like a line drive in the boxscore” was cited in print in 1944.
27 June 1944, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Senators Down Utica By 4-2 Score Behind Dave Odom’s Three-Hit Pitching” by Frank Keyes, pg. 13:
Bob Brady lofted a fly to short right and It fell safely between Daniels and Rlley for a fluke double although it looks like a line drive in the boxscore.
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2 July 1951, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Cards Beat Pirates In 12th, 5 To 4” by Jack Hernon, pg. 14, col. 6:
The hit which beat Pollet look like a line drive in the boxscore, as the saying goes, but in reality IT was just another blooper.
18 May 1952, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), “Most Experts Lean to Matthews” by John Mooney, pg. 10B, col. 3:
He holds the decision over the present champ, Jersey Joe Walcott, and fluke hit or no, it looks like a line drive in the box score.
16 July 1966, Boston (MA) Traveler, “Stuart Learns Dodgers Formula,” pg. 5, col. 3:
The hit was a pop fly into right centerfield, but it came with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and gave the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Mets.
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“It’ll look like a line drive in the box score,” Stuart laughed after the game.
29 December 1968, Springfield (MA) Sunday Republican, “The Sunday Line: Quotes to Count On” by Garry Brown, pg. 42, col. 1:
A batter will get a bloop single, and a teammate will comment, “It’ll look like a line drive in the box score.”
6 November 1969, Rockford (IL) Morning Star, “New York Mayor Political Left’s ‘New Darling’” by Jack W. Germond, pg. A6, col. 4:
As the ballplayers say of bloop singles: “It’ll look like a line drive in the box score.”
A Celebration of the Art of Fielding
By William Curran
New York, NY: W. Morrow
One of baseball’s oldest cliches is that the base-clearing pop-fly double in the seventh inning resembles a line drive in the box score.
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7:08 AM - 13 Sep 09
#Browns win today reminds me of an old baseball adage about bloop hits: it’ll look like a line drive in the box score. #awinsawin
4:07 PM - 23 Oct 11