White text over an illustration of a black and white cow on a green background
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Holy Cow is a visual pun of the phrase, “Holy cow!” This expression has been recorded as in use by baseball players since 1919 when “Hammering” Hank Gowdy returned from World War I and gave a very brief speech in his first game back. “Holy cow, this is great!” The phrase was used by several sports broadcasters including longtime baseball announcer Harry Carey. Carey said he began using it as a way to prevent himself from lapsing into vulgarity.
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