There isn't a sport that used it before baseball is the answer. Some think the answer could be cricket but they would be mistaken. "The Oxford English Dictionary states that the only use of the term outside of baseball is as a synonym of "home stretch"."
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Well actually I was thinking the answer would be Cricket...What do you think?
At a guess I would say it comes from the ancient game of rounders, the parent of softball and baseball.
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