Sacrifice hit

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sacrifice hit (Baseball) in batting, a hit of such a kind that the batter loses his chance of tallying, but enables one or more who are on bases to get home or gain a base.
    • Sacrifice hit (Baseball) See under Base Safe, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sacrifice hit in base-ball, a hit to enable another player to score or to gain a base
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. sacrificiumsacer, sacred, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Brain hit safely in the third and went to second on a sacrifice.
"The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories" by Zane Grey
But Thou'st gi'n hit free ez Thy marcy, without axin' blood sacrifice from any on us.
"The Red Acorn" by John McElroy
Then, on a sacrifice hit, he advanced to second.
"The Rover Boys in Business" by Arthur M. Winfield
Lewis of Boston is the leading batter of sacrifice hits.
"Spalding's Official Baseball Guide - 1913"
If you are, I suppose you know what is meant by a sacrifice hit.
"Fifty-Two Story Talks To Boys And Girls" by Howard J. Chidley
There are wheels within wheels in our game, and these fellows who make sacrifice hits are highly useful.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
I felt that she was meditating lofty things, probably trying to hit on some appropriate form of self-sacrifice.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
In close games the "sacrifice-hit," a part of team batting, is an important element.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Then, on a sacrifice hit by Kerr, Tom slid home, the dust cloud being so thick that the spectators could not witness the play.
"The Rival Pitchers" by Lester Chadwick
Rutter's Point led off with a clean two-base hit by Caspar Billings and followed it with a neat sacrifice bunt that placed the captain on third.
"The Lucky Seventh" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The next player up hit lightly, for a sacrifice, thinking to bring in the run.
"Baseball Joe at Yale" by Lester Chadwick
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In news:

The Blue Jays had five sacrifice bunts this season through Friday, two on unsuccessful attempts for hits.
The pitcher has thrown a work of art—no hits, no home runs, no sacrifices, no bottom-of-the-ninth heroics—but the genius is in the details, not the highlight reel.
Michael Cunningham's latest novel, "By Nightfall ," begins with an animal sacrifice: a horse pulling a tourist carriage has been hit by a car on Broadway.
KANSAS CITY — Kevin Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the Kansas City Royals 9-8 to win a game that stretched into the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Ian Desmond hit a home run and had the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win against the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Yunel Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night after blowing a lead in the top of the inning.
Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series.
Devin Shepherd hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning Sunday, July 15, as the Rockford RiverHawks rallied to beat Evansville, 8-7, at Bosse Field.
The Giants had tied the game in the third inning on a hit batsman, a walk and two sacrifices, but Bailey owned the stage for the next four innings .
Highland's Adam Blair hits a sacrifice fly to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead on Tuesday.
New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira (L) makes a catch to force out Baltimore Orioles' Lew Ford (R) at first base after Ford hit a sacrifice bunt.
What the pizza truck sacrifices for space, it more than makes up by being right where it's needed when pizza cravings hit the hardest.
John Jaso hit a sacrifice-fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 3-2 walk-off win against the Twins.
He doesn't sacrifice well, is not going to hit balls deep enough generally for a sacrific fly, is not going to hit the ball well enough to get triples (only four for the season).
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