[Ads-l] home plate (1866)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 5 14:19:53 EST 2021

"home plate" (OED3 1869)

New York Herald, Oct. 23, 1866, p. 10, col. 4
Wilkins took the bat, but through a series of passed balls and overthrows
Reach was enabled to make the home plate.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 29, 1867, p. 8, col. 4
Hunt captured at home plate by McBride.
New York Herald, Sept. 26, 1867, p. 4, col. 5
Wood...could not see the exact spot on which the "home plate" lay.

(The last one is cited by Paul Dickson in The Dickson Baseball Dictionary,
3rd ed.)


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