Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In base-ball, a player who is running the bases. The batsman becomes a base-runner immediately after he has made a fair hit, or after four balls have been called by the umpire, or after three strikes, or after the umpire calls a foul balk on the pitcher.
“While the pitching staff's earned-run average jumped by more than three-quarters of a run, it allowed just one more base-runner per nine innings.”
“Catholic H.S. He might be the fastest player in the draft, but he's also a smart base-runner.”
“And if a frappeur de puissance (as sluggers are now known) hit a fleche (an "arrow," or line drive) into the right-center field allee, listeners held their breath to hear whether the coureur (base-runner) would round third base and file vers le marbre (dash toward the "marble," or home plate).”
“A steal is made when a base-runner gets from one base to another without the assistance of a base hit or an error.”
“While, as before said, mere speed will not make a base-runner, in the full sense of the term, yet, other things being equal, the faster runner will be the better base-runner.”
“It is not however the speed of the throw alone that catches a base-runner, but the losing of no time in getting the ball on the way.”
“A base-runner is what the batter becomes instantly after having hit a fair ball, though for convenience of distinction he is often still called a batter until he has reached first base.”
“An expert base-runner will confine himself to no particular style, but, being familiar with all, will use, in each instance, the one best suited.”
“The base-runner who must wait to be told what to do will always be too late.”
“Unlike a sprinter, a base-runner must be in shape to start in either direction, and this can be done best and quickest by standing upright with the feet almost together.”
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