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passed ball

noun, Baseball.
a pitched ball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or in the batter's reaching first base safely.
Compare wild pitch.
Origin of passed ball
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Summervilles first run for four innings was scored a moment later when Bob stole home on a passed ball.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Well, perhaps it did go somewhere near the plate, though to see it coming youd have thought it was going to be a passed ball!

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • A passed ball is a throw by the pitcher which the catcher should stop but fails, and by his failure a base-runner gains a base.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
  • Buck might have done so, but somehow he "crossed signals" with Jack, the result being a passed ball that let in a score.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
  • Neither side was able to tally, although a scratch hit put a Giant on first and a passed ball advanced him to second.

  • Willis lined out a single, bringing in Larry and reaching second himself a moment later on a passed ball.

  • This really turned out to be the “break” in the game, for it was on that passed ball that Snodgrass was put out.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson

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