Base Ball Phrases
People who are puzzled at the technical phrases used in base ball reports are commended to the perusal of the following definitions.
Field - The cow pasture where the leather-hunting is performed.
Base - Salt bags scattered around in the grass for the players to jump on.
Nine - A number of roosters in knee breeches that constitute a base ball deck.
Umpire - The chief baller--he bawls out "strikes." His other duty is to sit on the top of the bat and smell the ball as it goes by.
Judgment - The umpire's opinion after taking a smell.
One ball - What the umpire says when the smell proves unsatisfactory.
Strike - A miscue by the batter.
Put out - The fellow who tries to get it without pay five cents.
Dead ball - One which comes to life again after being buried--in the hands of the pitcher.
Foul - A ball which bounds just the way one is positive it will not.
Fair foul - A little one for a cent.
Balk - "A breach of promise" indulged in by the pitcher.
Stealing a base - Stuffing a bag in the car and walking off to the next, when the catcher isn't looking.
Beauty - A ball so hot that the second baseman lies on his stomach to avoid it.
Hot balls - One that singes the short stop's head as it goes by.
Fly - A ball which scorns the earth, and, like the gentle horse fly buzzes around in the elevated atmosphere.
Wild throw - Slingin at the third baseman, and killing a small boy in right field.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Base Ball Phrases - 1875
This item came from an August, 1875 edition of the Ticonderoga Sentinel published in Ticonderoga, NY. Some of them are still relevant some 131 years later.