batboy

noun
bat·boy | \ˈbat-ˌbȯi \

Definition of batboy 

: a boy employed to look after the equipment (such as bats) of a baseball team

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Kawano, whose white fishing hat was sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, began his association with the Cubs as a spring training batboy in 1935, and began his full-time career at Wrigley Field as a visiting clubhouse attendant in 1943. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Former Cubs clubhouse attendant Yosh Kawano dies at 97," 26 June 2018 Earlier that season, Nelson had noticed the Mavericks batboy reaching into a pouch and putting a wad of black stuff in his mouth. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Nellie Fox's card inspiration for Big League Chew: 'My dad used to say it was lightning in a pouch'," 24 May 2018 The sky was bright and his 7-year-old son was serving as the batboy. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Lakota East coach makes proposal at Great American Ballpark home plate," 26 Apr. 2018 Heck, their batboy slugged 48 dingers two years ago with the Goodlettsville, Tenn., Little League team. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Chad: Exit velocity all the rage in baseball circles these days," 2 Apr. 2018 In the 2002 World Series, J.T. Snow famously saved Baker from imminent danger in front of home plate when the youngster was batboy for father/manager Dusty Baker’s San Francisco Giants. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "USD's Richan strikes out 12 against Cal, but Toreros fall 6-1 in season opener," 16 Feb. 2018 Veterans, the prospects Cain has mentored—even the batboy got in on it. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Matt Cain Finally Comes Undone as He Walks Into Retirement," 1 Oct. 2017 The strikeout ended the inning, and Hamilton stood at the plate to talk to Tichenor for a while as a batboy collected his shin guard and batting gloves. Zach Buchanan, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Recap: Offense silent in loss to Pirates," 3 Aug. 2017 But minor league teams also sometimes employ dogs as batboys or make all the players dress up like pizza for a game. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "Why Tim Tebow's promotion makes sense for the Mets," 28 June 2017

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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batboy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of batboy

: a boy who takes care of the bats, balls, and other equipment used by a baseball team

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