squib, v. (1919), squibber (1934)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Mon Dec 20 20:00:02 UTC 2004

squib, v. (OED3 1966 for baseball sense)

Los Angeles Times, Apr 24, 1919, p. III1
Then crafty Maggert squibbed one in front of the plate.

Los Angeles Times, Aug 19, 1920, p. III1
Bassler had flied to Compton and Statz had squibbed to Grover at short.

squibber (OED3 1950 for baseball sense)

Los Angeles Times, Apr 16, 1934, p. A9
With one away Oglesby tried to hold back and hit a dinky squibber right
back at Hebert.

Los Angeles Times, Sep 11, 1934, p. 8
Steinbacker singled, Donovan was hit by a pitched ball and Salkeld beat
out a squibber to fill the bases.

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