Historic Terminology


Historic base ball is a stark contrast to today’s modern game. It had its own lingo and our team’s players stick to it. Batters are referred to as “strikers,” a catcher is called a “behind,” players are “ballists,” errors are “muffs,” and a scored run is a “tally” or “ace.” Learn more historic base ball terminology below.

  • Ball: apple
  • Bat: ash, willow, timber
  • Batter: striker
  • Catcher: behind
  • Error: muff, boot, juggle, mug
  • Fans: rooters, cranks, bugs
  • Fly Ball: cloud hunter, skyer, air ball
  • Game: match
  • Ground Ball: bug bruiser, daisy cutter, grass clipper, ant killer
  • Hit: knock
  • Hard Hit: hammer, stinger, stunner
  • Hurrah!: Huzzah!
  • Home Plate: Dish
  • Innings: rounds
  • Outfield: garden, outer garden
  • Pitcher: hurler, bowler
  • Player: ballist
  • Run: ace, tally
  • Shutout: whitewash
  • Team: club, nine, match nine, side