base on balls

noun phrase

Definition of base on balls

: an advance to first base awarded a baseball player who during a turn at bat takes four pitches that are balls

First Known Use of base on balls

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of base on balls was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of base on balls

baseball : a movement to first base that is awarded to a batter who does not swing at four pitches that are balls

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