batboy

noun
bat·​boy | \ ˈbat-ˌbȯi How to pronounce batboy (audio) \

Definition of batboy

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

Examples of batboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even though the BayBears relocated to Madison, Alabama, in the offseason to become the Rocket City Trash Pandas, Vadakin will continue his Southern League career as the batboy for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2020. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "BayBears batboy Wade Vadakin elected to Southern League Hall of Fame," 7 Feb. 2020 His father, who played semipro baseball, recruited his son to be his team’s batboy and bought him a baseball uniform bearing the name and image of Zeke Bonura, a slugging first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, resulting in his son’s nickname. BostonGlobe.com, "Mr. Bratkowski died on Monday at 88 at his home in Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida’s Panhandle. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Bratkowski, said the cause was a heart attack.," 14 Nov. 2019 His father, who played semipro baseball, recruited his son to he his team’s batboy and bought him a baseball uniform bearing the name and image of Zeke Bonura, a slugging first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, resulting in his son’s nickname. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Zeke Bratkowski, Packer Quarterback but Not a Starr, Dies at 88," 12 Nov. 2019 In the movie, Coleman portrays a 12-year-old boy named J.R. Cooper, whose hitting and fielding tips to Padres players earn him a midseason promotion from batboy to manager. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remembering that time the Padres hired a 12-year-old manager ...," 29 Sep. 2019 Darren Baker, a former Giants batboy who’s a second baseman at Cal, has returned from an impressive showing in the summer Cape Cod League. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Drew Pomeranz succeeds with ‘reliever mentality’," 23 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of batboy

1897, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2020

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“Batboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/batboy. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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batboy

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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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