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The word Fungo has several etymologies: may be derived from the word Fungus as they are stale and used for practice, not actual play, related, could be some sort of paradigim thing: One Goes, two Goes, Three Goes- Fun Goes! while tossing the ball.sort of a blend word Fun- plus Goes. a Fungo stick is thinner than an ordinary Baseball bat. Those are the etymologies of Fungo, I do not know who invented it, seems they used second-line bats for instructional purposes which makes sense like the reserves using second-line ( but perrfectly serviceable) weapons in the Armed Forces.l hand=me-downs. as it were.

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