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Baseball in English Dictionary
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"BASEBALL, (From base and ball) A rural game in which the person striking the ball must run to his base or goal."
"A General Dictionary of the English Language, Compiled with the Greatest Care from the Best Authors and Dictionaries Now Extant." Its authors are identified only as "A Society of Gentlemen." per 19cbb post by David Block, Dec. 2, 2011
Still, it's fairly significant in that it becomes, by far, the earliest known appearance of baseball in a dictionary. The next earliest one we know of was almost 80 years later, in James Orchard Halliwell's 1847 "Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words."
"A Society of Gentlemen" was the pseudonym under which the Encyclopaedia
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