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center field

noun, Baseball.
1.
the area of the outfield beyond second base and between right field and left field.
2.
the position of the player covering this area.
Origin of center field
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60
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  • By the way, Dick, wed better put him in center field, dont you think?

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The bat connected with it, and away the sphere sailed to center field.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • Two minutes later, he was streaking toward first base on a safe hit to center field.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The third man went out on a long fly to center field, and Harvard trotted in to bat.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Three minutes later and it was all over, Billings flying out to center field, and the final score stood 13-12.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Ned had played the season through at center field on the freshman nine, and had made a name for himself as a batsman.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He had no hope of an error; he could already see the play reported, "Flied out to center field."

  • In spite of these minor mishaps, Nap sauntered out to center field with a song on his lips.

  • Not another ball was batted to center field; not once, in the innings that followed, was Nap on base.

  • The nine is crippling along without you, but I tell you we miss you out there in center field.

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