ball·​play·​er | \ ˈbȯl-ˌplā-ər \

Definition of ballplayer

: a person who plays ball especially : a baseball player

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Current Braintree High ballplayers including pitching ace John Tellier and center fielder Jackson Duffy. Andrew Higginbottom,, "Braintree Legion players have something to prove," 29 June 2018 Others just happened upon it in the parking lot, a 6'4″, 235-pound obvious pro ballplayer in uniform pants and a team warmup distributing Mexican food. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "D'backs pitcher Taijuan Walker hands out free tacos in spring training parking lot," 12 Mar. 2018 The tiny ballplayers in black uniforms, digging their dusty cleats into the dirt. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Phoenix police stand in for fallen officer at son's Little League game," 21 May 2016 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

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First Known Use of ballplayer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a baseball player

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