Terms and Lingo

The Lingo

A glossary of Vintage Base Ball terms:

Ace or Tally – run; crossing home base
Apple, pill, horsehide, onion – the ball
Artist – proficient player
Baller, Ballist – player
Basetender – an infielder
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
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
Sky scraper – A high Pop Fly
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 atbat
Willow – bat