Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Vintage Terms

There a several different terms for the Vintage Base Ball Fan that may be unfamiliar to the modern baseball fan.
Here are several to be aware of:

Ace or Tally – run; crossing home base
Apple, pill, horsehide, onion – the ball
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
Club Nine – team
Cranks (or Throng) – fans
Daisy Cutter – sharp grounder
Dead or Hand Dead – put out or batter out
Dew Drop – slow pitch
Dish – home plate
Foul tic – foul ball
Four Baser – homerun
Ginger – enthusiastic play
Ground – field
Hurler – pitcher
“Huzzah!” – hooray
“Leg it” – run swiftly
Match – game
Midfielder – centerfielder
Muckle – power hitter
Muff or Duff – error
Muffin – enthusiastic but unskilled player
Pitcher’s Point – pitchers mound or rubber
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
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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