base on balls

noun phrase

: an advance to first base awarded a baseball player who during a turn at bat takes four pitches that are balls : walk entry 2 sense 6

Examples of base on balls in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the scorebook, a walk is denoted by the letters 'BB,' which stands for base on balls. USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 Toeing the rubber at Camden Yards for the first time since April 13, 2022, Means allowed the first three batters of the frame to reach base on balls hit softer than 75 mph, a string of bad luck that can often spiral into more misfortune. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 13 Sep. 2023 The first time was intentional, his major league-leading 16th intentional base on balls this season. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 De La Cruz's base on balls in the 1st loaded the bases. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 7 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Base on balls.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

base on balls

: an advance to first base given to a baseball batter who takes four pitches that are balls

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