ball-and-strike count (1924)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Sun Dec 19 03:23:49 UTC 2004

"ball-and-strike count" (OED3 has 1939):

Appleton (Wisconsin) Post Crescent, April 15, 1924, p. 14, col. 5
A batsman can be removed at any time in favor of a substitute hitter.
The substitute simply taking the ball and strike count on the original

--Ben Zimmer

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