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    Vanishing baseball terms

    Pretty much everyone knows that the language of baseball is a constantly changing thing: "baseball" was two words for quite a while, fans were once called "cranks", etc. But I was wondering if there are any baseball terms that you remember from your childhood that have faded from general use in recent years.

    I personally can't think of too many. I don't think bases are called "sacks" very often any more. Fans still root, but whrn I was a kid they were often called "rooters"; not so much now. And I may be wrong, but I think the terms "keystone" and "hot corner" for second and third base have pretty much faded out.

    There have to be better examples than those. Anybody got one?
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    Nobody really uses the term "Battery" for a pitcher and catcher anymore. I think people still use "the hot corner" though.

    I might have mentioned once or twice on here that I play vintage base ball. We play by 1860s rules and use the jargon that was used back then. For example:

    Daisy cutter = ground ball
    Hands = outs
    (also used in a phrase with the word dead as in "two hands dead" meaning 2 outs)
    Grounds = ball park
    Leg it! = Run!
    Striker = batter
    Show some ginger = play harder and/or smarter
    Whitewash = scoreless inning
    Make your first (second, third) = single (double, triple)
    Striker to the line = batter up
    Sand = fortitude i.e. guts
    Willow = bat
    Match = game
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    Baltimore chop, texas leaguer, frozen rope, can of corn. Don't hear these much either.

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    the pennant

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003 View Post
    the pennant
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    chicken dance / chicken hop = foul ball
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    Can we submin ones we wish would fade?

    I'll start with this one: "Hi, hello, and welcome..."

    Feel free to make your own contribution
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Willow = bat
    so does that mean bats were originally made of willow trees?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenlord View Post
    so does that mean bats were originally made of willow trees?

    Well, I suppose when they just started they used whatever was available but by the time the game got organized, willow was the popular choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Well, I suppose when they just started they used whatever was available but by the time the game got organized, willow was the popular choice.
    now this fascinates me...how would/does willow compare to pine, maple, and bamboo for its ballistics? i imagine it would be a bit on the heavy side, but it should have a bit more spring to it...
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    Who's the hitter in the lineup who folows the on deck hitter?

    I'm terrible at discerning lyrics by listening to a song, so I might be wrong about what I think I heard as a youth in this case also, but if memory serves, the next hitter is in the "hold."

    Not in the "hole" as I hear younger fans say. I'm too lazy to research it, but it seems that long ago I heard a sportscaster explain that "on deck" and "in the hold" was originally borrowed from names for parts of a ship -- the hold obviously being a step down from the deck.

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    "And it's gonna beeeeeeee.....GONE!"
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    I haven't heard "...and this one belongs to the Reds" quite as often as I would prefer in recent years.
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