third base


Definition of third base

1 : the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball
2 : the player position for defending the area around third base

Other Words from third base

third baseman noun

Examples of third base in a Sentence

a runner on third base
Recent Examples on the Web Madej scored on a groundout by pinch hitter Eric Grintz, which moved Frick to third base. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2022 In Wednesday’s game against the Knights, Tenerowicz tripled to left field — sending two Louisville runners home — and went airborne while diving to third base. Jeremiah Holloway, The Courier-Journal, 11 June 2022 Jones was drafted out of high school as a shortstop, but moved to third base. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 8 June 2022 Then on a ground ball to third base, Brandon Drury got the force out at second. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 6 June 2022 That was in 2014 when general manager Ben Cherington decided the best way to spark a slumping team was to sign free agent Stephen Drew and shift Bogaerts to third base. Peter Abraham,, 4 June 2022 At the next at-bat, Gina Allen drew a walk while Joseph was able to get all the way to third base on two wild pitches. oregonlive, 31 May 2022 Willi Castro popped out to third base, unable to extend the lead. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2022 Troy didn’t get a runner to third base until the bottom of the ninth inning, managed just two hits over the final 5 1/3 innings against Georgia Southern reliever Ben Johnson and eight hits overall against Johnson and starter Hayden Harris. Creg Stephenson |, al, 28 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of third base

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of third base was in 1845

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20 Jun 2022

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“Third base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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