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Quiz: Do you know your baseball jargon?

Updated on February 20, 2015
"Baseball And Glove" by Gualberto107
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How well do you know your baseball jargon?

From Spring Training through the World Series, Baseball Season occupies the minds of baseball fans. In early Spring there's talk about who's been traded and which team looks good for the season, on down through the final days of September as the Division races heat up and that 'Magic Number' for your favorite team dwindles down. These are all things that the seasoned baseball fan dwells on.

Are you one of those seasoned and knowledgeable baseball fans? Let's see how smart you really are. Do the baseball terms roll off your tongue like a professional auctioneer? If so, then you will have no trouble passing this baseball jargon quiz. If not, then you stand to learn a few of the essential terms of the game. After all, you want to know what the announcer is talking about, don't you?

Definition of 'Jargon'

Jargon refers to the vocabulary peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group!


The 'Jargon' of the Diamond

The diamond has a language all its own;

If a player makes an error, it's a "bone";

If he attempts the "squeeze"

And strikes out, it's a "breeze";

A play at which the fans belch forth a groan.

A safe drive to the field is called a "bingle";

If good for one base only, it's a "single";

If the hurler throws a "cripple"

And the batter clouts a "triple,"

The swat will put the nerves of fans a-tingle.

When a runner's left on base, 'tis said he "died,"

If he goes out on a high fly, he has "skied";

A one-hand stop's a "stab";

The pitcher's mound, the "slab";

Successful plays are certainly "inside."

When a player's making good his work is "grand."

But let him boot just one and he's "panned";

If he comes up in a "pinch"

And he "whiffs"---well, it's a cinch,

The fickle fans will yell, "He should be 'canned.'"

---John H. Miller,

Baseball magazine,

October 1916

Baseballese --- or Baseball Jargon

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Baseball has Influenced our English Language

The influence of baseball on American English is impressive from the standpoint that certain terms and phrases which started in baseball (or at least were given a major boost by it) in many cases have gone on to have much wider applications. How many of the following examples have you used, or heard used, in everyday conversation?

*Back to Back

*Bat a thousand

*Bronx cheer

*charley horse

*Go to bat for

*Ground rules

*Hit the dirt

*In the ballpark

*In a pinch

*It's a (whole) new ballgame

*Keep your eye on the ball

*On the ball

*Out in left field

*Rain check

*Two strikes against him

*You can't win them all.

Yogi Berra had his own Baseball Terms!

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"Yogisms" - The most well-known Baseball Jargon of all

Then we have the most famous of all baseball jargon -- Yogisms. One of the

most famous catchers in baseball history, playing nearly his entire 19 year

career for the New York Yankees, Yogi Berra will forever be known for 'fracturing

the English Language' and giving us baseball phrases we love:

A Few of the Many "Yogisms"

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

"In baseball, you don't know nothing."

"I didn't really say everything I said."

"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."

and his most famous of all...

"It ain't over till it's over"

OKAY! Ready to take the Baseball Quiz?

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Baseball Quiz

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The quiz answers were provided by wikipedia!

MY Results!

I'm a huge baseball fan and talk & read about baseball all the time. I've taken the Quiz twice myself and STILL keep missing #6, so best I've done is 9 out of 10 correct. First time I only got 7 right -- and it's my own quiz!! :0)

How many did you get right?

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A calendar in the shape of a Baseball.... with facts to test a fan's love of the game and the minutest detail of baseball knowledge. It doesn't need to be baseball season to enjoy baseball trivia! It can be enjoyed all through the year!

365 Days of Baseball Trivia! 2015 Calendar
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Enjoy baseball trivia and jargon 365 days of the year with this 2015 Baseball Trivia calendar.

My Favorite 'Baseballese'

My favorite baseball expression to hear sportscasters say is...

"Strike 'em out, throw 'em out... Double Play!"

© 2010 Wednesday-Elf

Thanks for coming to the ballgame with me! - What's your favorite Baseball Terminology? What was your Score in the Quiz?

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Good score, Sheila. Thanks for stopping by! :)

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      6 years ago from British Columbia

      I got 70% which is all right for me. I was surprised I knew so much.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Glad you had fun @happynutritionist. That's what baseball is all about, IMHO. :)

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      7 years ago

      Alas, I have failed miserably! But I sure did have fun :-)

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Mouse, I didn't realize, until I started to do some research, how many baseball terms are taken from ordinary, everyday things, like 'plate'. :) Works both ways.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      This was a really fun article to read! I had no idea so much of our commonly used phrases originated with baseball.

    • Scindhia H profile image


      7 years ago from Chennai

      Good quiz and info!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @LauraHofman: Me too, FlowerChick. The 2014 baseball season begins in about 2 weeks. Can't wait. :-)

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      Laura Hofman 

      7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I enjoyed your quiz! Now I'm ready for some baseball...

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Won't be long now until the regular season begins! :-) Opening Day is March 31st. Yay! Can't wait.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      7 years ago

      Watching the Twins play in Fort Meyers (on TV, alas) right now.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @QuizSquid: Glad you enjoyed it. Can't wait until baseball is back in full swing again. :-) Thanks for dropping by.

    • QuizSquid profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice quiz to bide the time until Spring Training starts next month!

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      8 years ago

      Hey, I was surprised I got 4 right LOL

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @TanoCalvenoa: 9 out of 10 is an 'excellent' score! Well done. :)

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      8 years ago

      9/10 is good enough, I suppose.

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      blestman lm 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, the quiz was fun

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      8 years ago

      Great quiz!

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      8 years ago from Diamondhead

      very interesting quiz

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      A fun quiz,and a great way to start off a new season. It's time to play ball!

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      8 years ago

      This has been fun!

    • leesholden profile image


      8 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      *sigh* thought I was better than a 6/10 - but guess I am British so deserve a handicap! :)

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      8 years ago

      It is clear, I spend way too much time at the concession stand instead of listening to what is happening around me :) A great quiz! I learned a lot!

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      8 years ago

      The auto correction is marking everything wrong that's not in the top answer spot. Haven't written a quiz yet, so I don't know how to help you correct it.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      8 years ago

      It was fun answering this baseball jargon quiz, I had 6 right. Guess not bad but now i know a little more about baseball jargon :)

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      8 years ago

      I wasn't up on my baseball jargon

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      8 years ago

      fun lens

    • OrlandoTipster profile image


      9 years ago

      Brings back memories of watching a game on tv with my dad

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      Beverly Lemley 

      9 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      That was fun! And I think I learned a thing or two! B : )

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens, good stuff to know for the next "Game Watch Party" at the local bar. Thanks

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      9 years ago

      Great lens and quiz!!

    • compugraphd profile image


      9 years ago


      I missed one -- I was disappointed in that -- I'm a baseball "nut" -- I even watch Minor League, College and Winter Ball if it's on the tube. Happy Baseball Season!

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      9 years ago

      that was fun

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      Johanna Eisler 

      9 years ago

      Guess I'm getting traded to another team! Thanks - it was fun!

    • SellClean profile image


      9 years ago

      Gotta love the lingo of the game! Great lens!!!!

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      9 years ago from Ljubljana

      Fun lens, I am not very familiar with baseball, but I know the rules. Jargon is another story... Only 50 percent right!

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      9 years ago

      Oh this was just so much fun! I scored 8 out of the 10 so I guess I know my way around the ballpark just a little.

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens! Makes me want to head out to a game soon!

    • bofirebear1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Now this one was fun and made me think of other days.

    • WilliamPower profile image


      9 years ago

      You hit a home run!

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      Carolan Ross 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      OH what a FUN baseball jargon quiz! REALLY enjoyed this one.

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      9 years ago

      I can't wait for baseball season to start up again. Go NYY

    • craftaproject profile image


      9 years ago

      Enjoyed taking your baseball quiz

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      baseballbrains lm 

      9 years ago

      Love the lens, it's great. I was 9/10 on the quiz. I didn't know what a bench jockey was! Guess I do now, keep up the good work.

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      Fay Favored 

      9 years ago from USA

      "Game over." Well, that's my idea of a good game.

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      E L Seaton 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Take me out to the old ball game so I can see one of them Yogisms and a golden sombrerro too!

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      9 years ago

      Fun lens. Gets me looking forward to Spring Training.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      9 years ago

      I can't believe I missed this lens! But so glad I found it now. What a great lens and I only missed one on your quiz. That means I'm rather addicted to the Cards doesn't it? But, my favorite expression is "going, going, gone! Home run!"

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      orange3 lm 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the fun quiz!

    • TheBaseballCoach profile image


      9 years ago

      Lots of fun :)

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the fun and informative lens!

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      9 years ago

      Hey great lens! I enjoyed it. One big squid thumbs up vote left for this lens!

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      yano jl 

      9 years ago

      80% on the Jargon quiz - not too disappointed but I gotta brush up on my skills.

      Thanks for the fun Lens - Adding 1 SquidLike to your lens now!

    • SaintFrantic profile image


      9 years ago

      Great Lens.Thanks

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      Jim Sterling 

      9 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thanks for the great quiz. I missed the golden sombrero.

    • yayas profile image


      10 years ago

      Not only did I learn something... a LOT, in fact... but I had fun learning. I love the way you presented everything. As a rule, I'm not a big sports fan, but this was so much fun that now, I'm really looking forward to reading more of your pages. Thanks for whoooooole game. :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      I know nothing about baseball so this was very educational for me! :)

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      mellex lm 

      10 years ago from Australia

      Great lens - Although I did terribly on the quiz it was fun participating!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! You obviously have a passion for the game that many people share with you (myself included). Keep up the great postings. Thanks!

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      10 years ago

      Haha, didn't do so great. But lots of fun!

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      Donnette Davis 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Ha! I'm terrible :)

    • pramodbisht profile image


      10 years ago

      Great quiz,had fun,thanks!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      10 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Fun Baseball Quiz. Our combined score was 7/10. Hubby thought #6 should be C but I don't really know. :)

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      10 years ago

      I love playing baseball with my master, but I never get to hit!

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      10 years ago

      Loved it, great quiz

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      Renaissance Woman 

      10 years ago from Colorado

      Enjoyed the workout. Thanks!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      To be honest, I don't like sports one bit. I only got 20% correct by chance.

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      10 years ago

      sitting here holding opening day tickets this was a nice lens to come across

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      Spook LM 

      10 years ago

      I found this lens ninety percent mental and the other half physical? Didn't do to badly in the quiz considering I'm not into the game. A nickel ain't worth a dime any more? Thanks for all the laughs and a snazzy lens as well, blessed by a sporting Angel.

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      10 years ago

      My favorite is another Yogism; "It's like Deja Vu all over again".

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I just thought I knew about baseball. Great quiz.

      I know you have at least one lens set to donate a percentage to Friends of the Park so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

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      10 years ago

      It's so enjoyable and wonderful lens about baseball .. dear, lovely Wednesday_Elf. 5 stars for you ;)

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      10 years ago

      nice lens!! perfect score!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      LOL! Neat quiz! I guess it has been too many years since I have been around the ball field :) I only got 5 right. I would be embarrassed to admit that to my brothers!

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      10 years ago

      5/10 which ain't to bad for Brit who knows nothing about baseball. I know a lot more now!

    • JeremiahStanghini profile image


      10 years ago

      "Now the 2-2... well hit down the left field line... way back and gone! Joe Carter with a 3-run homer! The winners and still World Champions, the Toronto Blue Jays."


      "Touch 'em all Joe! You'll never hit a bigger homerun in your life!"

      They both give me goosebumps to think about - STILL - and that was in 1993!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      I enjoyed it and only missed one, but I always thought that a perfect game for a pitcher is no hits and no walks.

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      10 years ago

      Whew! Now that was a quiz and apparently I know my way around the bases ~ cool!

    • Richard-H profile image


      10 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      As I'm a Brit, I think I have an excuse for only getting 4 correct ;)

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      10 years ago

      I don't have a favorite baseball team but did enjoy your quiz!

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      10 years ago

      What a perfect gift for you, Pat! This was a really fun baseball quiz.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      10 years ago from California

      Not bad...I got 7 and another one I thought I clicked one thing but didn't but knew the answer :) I used to go to games all the time, but haven't been in many years now. Loved your quiz...but mostly the Yogisms :) He was great!!!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @DecoratingEvents: Terrific score, Mandee. Thanks for taking the baseball jargon quiz!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Delighted to see my non-sport, non-baseball knowledgeable friends coming by to try out my Quiz. Such fun to see you, pkmcr and poutine! :-)

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      10 years ago

      I am totally a "non sport" kind of girl, so I flunked royally on this quiz.

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      10 years ago from Cheshire UK

      I had no idea i knew so much about a sport I know next to nothing about :-) Well 4 out of 10 LOL

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      10 years ago

      Hey, I did better than I thought! 8 out of 10 is pretty good for me!! That "Golden Sombrero" and "Bench Jockey" got me! LOL

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @ohcaroline: Thanks, Caroline -- this is my very first-ever Quiz! Thanks for getting me started.

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      10 years ago

      I'm a big baseball fan and this is a really neat. I like what you did.


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