Submitted by olehustedjensen on November 29, 2004

Double header

What is a “double header” on Memorial Day? Is it 2 baseball games in a row (who can stand to watch 2 games in a row?) I found the expression on page 5 in Philip Roth’s latest novel “The plot agsinst America”

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Today, it certainly refers to two baseball games on the same day, but I wouldn't be surprised if the term originated in theater -- e.g., double headliner.

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That is the original meaning, yes. Two baseball games in a row. In other words, two teams play each other two times on the same day. Sometimes you'll hear this term used figuratively, meaning something like "two of the same kind of thing in a row." Two episodes of the same TV show, for example.

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Yes! It's two baseball games in a row.

The endurance of the fans is not part of the question, actually. :)

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