Terminology

 

Ace or Tally – run; crossing home base

Apple, pill, horsehide, onion – the ball

Arbiter – umpire

Artist – proficient player

Baller, Ballist – player

Basetender – an infielder

Behind – catcher

Bench – manager or coach

Blind – no score

Blooper, banjo hit – weak fly ball, “Texas leaguer”

Boodler – ungentlemanly maneuver

Bound – bounce

Bowler, hurler, thrower, feeder – pitcher

Bug bruiser – sharp grounder

Club, Nine – team

Cranks (or Throng) – fans

Daisy Cutter – sharp grounder

Dead or Hand Dead, Hand down – put out or batter out

Dew Drop – slow pitch

Dish – home plate

Foul tic – foul ball

Four Baser – home run

Garden – outfield

Ginger – enthusiastic player

Ground – field

Hand – out

Huzzah! – hooray!

Leg it! – run swiftly

Mascot – bat boy

Match – game

Midfielder – center fielder

Muckle – power hitter

Muff or Duff – error

Muffin – enthusiastic but unskilled player

Pitcher’s Point – pitchers mound or rubbe

Player Dead – out

Pluck – fine strike or play

Plugging (or Soaking) the Runner – throwing the ball at runner to put him out (illegal after 1845)

Rover – shortstop

Scouts – outfielders

Show a little ginger – play harder or smarter

Sky Ball, Skyer – flyball

Stinger – hard hit ball

Stir your stumps – run fast/hustle

Striker – hitter

Striker to the line – batter up

Talleykeeper – scorekeeper

Three Hands Dead – 3 outs, side retired

Whitewash – team held scoreless for a match or at-bat

Willow – bat

 

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