from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Baseball The middle third of the outfield, behind second base.
- n. Baseball The position played by the center fielder.
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- n. The part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and straight ahead left if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher.
- n. The defensive position in the outfield in the middle, typically played by a player that can run fast.
- n. A central role in some activity that requires speed.
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In 1975, he had made the last out in Game Seven of the World Series, lofting a gentle fly ball to Cesar Geronimo in center field in the bottom of the ninth.
But when Joe Boneswho is one of two people ever to hit a baseball out of Glendale Park in Everett, Massachusetts, dead center field the other was Babe Ruth; who was the starting catcher on the Michigan team that won the NCAA national championship in 1962; who was signed by the San Francisco Giants while still in college, shortly before his career was ended by a freak auto accident; and who was already a kind of family hero by the time he turned sixteendecided he wanted to marry a Jewish girl, suddenly the distinction between Christian and non-Christian mattered.
Ideally, he'd like a guy like center field prospect Austin Jackson up top, he said.
Then, in Game Six of the 1975 World Series, Fred Lynn almost knocked himself unconscious chasing a Ken Griffey line drive into the center field wall, and Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey turned to scouting director Haywood Sullivan and said, “Those walls must be padded by next season.”
He lined a gentle fly ball to Cesar Geronimo in center field for the final out.