Commonly Used Base Ball Jargon or Phrases

As noted elsewhere, Vintage Base Ball is a form of living history.  As
such, many ball players will incorporate the language and
terminology of the mid eighteen hundreds into their impressions.  
There is, however,  some debate over the use of some of the words
or expressions below.  In depth research indicates that there might
be a few on the list which were no longer in common use by the
1860s or '70s but they will still be used because they serve to
convey the spirit of the time.    
     


Match or Contest: Game
Grounds: Ball field
Club or Nine:  Team
The Line (as in “Striker to the line”):  Batter’s box
Pitching Point:  Forty five feet in front of home plate
Ace or Tally:  A run or score
Apple, Pill, Horsehide, Onion:  The base ball
Ballist or Baller:  Ball player
Hand:  Offensive player or member of the team at bat
Artist:  Proficient player
Hurler, Bowler, Thrower, Feeder:  Pitcher
Striker or Batsman:  Batter
Behind:  Catcher
Scouts:  Fielders
Midfielder:  Center fielder
Short Scout or Rover:  Shortstop
Base Tenders or Defenders:  Basemen
Blind Tom:  Umpire
Hand:  Offensive player or member of the team at bat
Hand out or Dead: Batter or runner put out
Side out or All out:  Three outs
Make your first, Made his second, Took his third, etc:  Phrases that refer to  
advancing or bases taken following a hit. (The terms Single, Double and Triple  
did not appear until the 1880s.)
Four Baser:  Home run
Blooper or Banjo hit:  Weak fly ball
Muff:  Error
Boodler:  Ungentlemanly maneuver
First Nine:  The nine best players on a team or club
Second Nine:  The next best players
Muffins: Players who are used as a last resort  
Whitewash or Blind:  Hold a team scoreless in an at-bat
Stinger:  Hard hit ball
Dew Drop:  Slow pitch
Daisy Cutter:  Ground ball
Sky ball:  High fly
Dead ball:  Not in play, following a foul or fly-out.
Live ball:  In play or following its return to the pitcher
Willow, Ash, Lumber, Timber or Wagon tongue:  The bat
Spectators or Audience:  Fans (a term not used until much later)
Cranks:  Later 19th century term for fans
Brace or Chafe:  Argue
Ginger, Grit or Pluck:  Enthusiasm, determination or fine play
Hunkey Dorey:  Great or fabulous
Bully:  Great or special  
Leg it!:  Run hard
Stir your stumps!:  Run faster or hustle
Show some ginger!:  Play harder or smarter
Huzzah!, Well struck, sir! or Well caught, sir!:  Cheers or compliments for a
good game or a  well   made play. (These are terms that were used before,
“Cool!”, “Oh yeeeaaaah!”, “Allriiiight!” or “Hooh, hooh, hooh!”.)
Tallykeeper:  Scorekeeper
Soaking or Plugging:  Putting a runner out by hitting him with the ball.  This
was done away with in 1845.    
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