bonus baby


: a baseball player given a large bonus to sign a first professional contract
In one scene Miguel asks a teammate who is a multimillion-dollar bonus baby fresh out of Stanford what he would do if his baseball career were cut short.Melissa Segura, Sports Illustrated, 6 Apr. 2009
specifically : one who signed under special rules that were sporadically in effect between 1947 and 1965 requiring that such a player be immediately added to a team's major-league roster for a period of time (such as one or two years) before being assigned to the minor leagues
… it was June 25, 1953, and the Tigers were playing the Philadelphia Athletics at Connie Mack Stadium. Kaline was 18, a bonus baby straight out of high school. Jeff Seidel, The Pioneer (Big Rapids, Michigan), 2 July 2012

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bonus baby was in 1949

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“Bonus baby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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