ball·​play·​er | \ ˈbȯl-ˌplā-ər How to pronounce ballplayer (audio) \

Definition of ballplayer

: a person who plays ball especially : a baseball player

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Recent Examples on the Web But as the gap between corporate magnate and working-class employee has grown, so, too, has the gulf between multi-billionaire owner and probably-not-a-millionaire ballplayer. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Who wants to shame a billionaire? MLB's owners won't act unless their hands are forced," 15 June 2020 The young ballplayer with uncommon talent inspires awe, even among the greats. Tyler Kepner,, "Claudell Washington, at 65; Major League Baseball player who broke in at age 19," 10 June 2020 All of this considered, maybe there’s a place for some of history’s greatest ballplayers showing up in one place, all in their prime, and sorting out California’s north-south rivalry at the late, great Seals Stadium. Bruce Jenkins,, "‘Golden Greats: The I-5 Series’: rewarding and bittersweet," 2 June 2020 Think about how many times a ballplayer touches their face. Fox News, "High school baseball, softball return to Iowa amid coronavirus pandemic," 2 June 2020 Ruth didn’t just do what every ballplayer did but better. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Baseball Players Became Celebrities," 25 May 2020 By division here's the rest of PBR crew who joined many ballplayers in the cruelest loss in recent OHSAA history; the loss of a season. Scott Springer,, "Prep Baseball Report Ohio ranks Greater Cincinnati players who missed their seasons," 15 May 2020 During the Dinos-Lions broadcast, Ravech and Perez interviewed Drew Rucinski, a former M.L.B. pitcher who threw a shutout for the Dinos on Opening Day, about the daily routines and restrictions of ballplayers in South Korea. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Joys of Korean Baseball and the Risks of Bringing Back Sports," 12 May 2020 There aren’t too many guys who are good ballplayers and nice guys, too. John Lowe, Detroit Free Press, "Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ballplayer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2020

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“Ballplayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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US : a baseball player

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