from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Baseball The first of the bases in the infield, counterclockwise from home plate.
- n. Baseball The fielding position occupied by the first baseman.
- n. Slang The first stage or step toward completion or success: "He never got to first base with any of his big wheels and deals” ( Ross Macdonald).
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- n. The base after home plate in a counter-clockwise path around a baseball infield.
- n. Completion of the first phase of an activity.
- n. Kissing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
- n. the initial stage in accomplishing something
- n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
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In 1946, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in the seventh game when Enos “Country” Slaughter scored the ninth-inning, go-ahead run all the way from first base on a single to left field.
It was an unforgettable experience dining in the Legends Suite Club, a moment made even greater when I watched the game from my fourth-row seat down the right-field line, just past the first base dugout.
Whether he was flipping balls to first base or turning double plays with ease, silky-smooth second baseman Robinson Cano fielded so effortlessly that many times it seemed unfair, and in the words of many pundits, nonchalant.
RUNNERS ON THE CORNERS: When base runners occupy both first base and third base, a team is said to have runners on the corners.
At first, Chris Chambliss crept toward the plate; Remy was especially skilled at dragging bunts down the first base line.
Taking me to a premium, all-inclusive lounge area along the first base line complete with private restrooms, high-definition television monitors and grab-and-go dining foods, The Ketel One Lounge became home number one.
Everyone, that is, except first base umpire Jim Joyce; who saw the sinking liner hit just outside the white chalk and emphatically waved the “foul ball” signal.
Alex Rodriguez, all season long the source of Red Sox frustration, hit an innocent looking tapper between the mound and first base line.
No longer; first base is today deep kissing, also known as tonsil hockey.
And who can forget Marvelous Marv Throneberry, who achieved cultural hero status in New York while playing first base like a clown.