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Published August 18, 2010

Baseball Jargon from 1888


BASEBALL JARGON

from 1888

 

“STRAP ON A FENCEPOST”  
  (BATTER UP!)

“BRIDDLE UP A NELLIE”      (A vicious taunt to an opposing batter)

“PUT AN ONION ON THAT WHISKET”  (HIT THE BALL!)

“COOLIN’ OFF THE DALLIES”  
  (A BATTER STRIKES OUT)

“KEEP THE BARN DOOR OPEN”  
(EXTRA INNING GAME)

“GET THE DURNED ICE OFF THE WAGON”  (RUN FASTER!)

“APPLEHIDE”  
 (A REGULATION BASEBALL)

“GET on Back to PEDDINGTON!”
  
(common yell to the opposition)

“A KETTLE for a KITTLE” 
(A come from behind win)

“Dolly’s Pouring the Porridge”
    (A pitcher’s duel)

“GAVE IT A GRAND FISTICUFFS”  
   (Lost, but played a good game)

“CORN the HORSE in NELSON’S Back 40”   (Clout a Home Run!)

“PURLOINED your cousin’s Nilly-Nally”     (stole a base)

“Stinkbug in a Bedroll” 
 
(bad call by an ump)

“SIMMERIN’ THE CHILI”  
  (A very close game)

“DRAGGIN’ the Boulder of Solomon”  (A SLOW RUNNER)

“TOSSED A LASS”  (A bad throw)

“NARY A WAFFLE”  (A NO-HITTER)

“Squib the Fenster” 
 (Catch a potential home run)

“Twiddling Aunt Mildred’s Noodle” (A hitter in a slump)

“BALE THE HAY ANYWAY!”  
  (WHAT THE F***!)

“MADE ‘EM WALLOW IN THE SAGE”   (A BLOWOUT)

“A STURD FINCH”  
 (An Unpopular Player)

“A SALLY-GO-ROUND” 
(A BATTER who often STRIKES OUT)

“PETUNIA PINCHER”  (A Light Hitter)

“DIRTY TATERS”   (A SPIT BALL)

“BO-WEEVIL’S YOUR DAUGHTER” 
(Another taunt to a hitter)

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