ball·play·er | \ˈbȯl-ˌplā-ər \

Definition of ballplayer 

: a person who plays ball especially : a baseball player

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Two, written to the right audience at the right time, have been shared publicly by the ballplayer who received them. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The Royals' pen pal is a 74-year-old Navy vet who wants to fix Danny Duffy's follow-through," 14 June 2018 The longtime ballplayer was charged with making terroristic threats in the third degree and various drug offenses. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "New Jersey police release bodycam footage of Lenny Dykstra's arrest," 13 June 2018 The ballplayers were for the most part factory-town women happy to have the paycheck until the men got home, observes Kelly Candaele, a filmmaker whose PBS documentary about his ball-playing mother was the inspiration for Marshall’s film. Andrea Modica, Smithsonian, "Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women’s Baseball Players Took the Field," 23 May 2018 Curley said the community plans to hold an event for the young ballplayers later this week. CBS News, "Man run down on baseball field, 50 years after killing girl in hit-and-run," 4 June 2018 Carew, a former Major League Baseball first baseman, second baseman and coach who is one of the few ballplayers to get a 3,000th base hit, said his motivation is to serve children. Kathleen Luppi,, "Put me in, coach: Retired Angels players celebrate kids’ love of reading," 19 Apr. 2018 For many, the top three options growing up were drug dealer, ballplayer and rapper. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Oakland journalist sees black culture shifting from music to sports," 25 June 2018 Helping to heal scars of abuse A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Markison dreamed of being a professional ballplayer. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Athalonz's Tim Markison helping make sports 'healthy for the future'," 28 June 2018 The starting left fielder on a Niles North team that finished 3-28 this spring, Steiner was very much a ballplayer. Dan Shalin,, "Cubs honor late filmmaker by drafting his son: 'It's something that will stick with me forever'," 21 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a baseball player

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