I was recently told that the baseball term “dinger”, meaning “home run” started at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, because the RV parking area outside the ballpark is named “Dingerville” and that’s where the balls go when homers are hit. Now, according to this website the RV parking area at Rosenblatt Stadium is named Dingerville (after an LSU Tigers fan Glenarp “Dinger” Allmendinger and his wife, Madeline). It makes a good story, but none of this happened before the 1980s, and the area wasn’t moved to it’s current location beyond the outfield until 2000. I truly believe that the use of the term dinger meaning home run predates these events by many years, but have so far been unable to find any hard proof. So, I’m turning to you, friendly dopers, what’s the straight dope on the origins of dinger in baseball?