“Ford had fanned Harrod and Curtis and Lewis was next and looked easy. But he managed to coax a pass, the only one given in the whole game.” The Daily Times (Davenport, IA), September 8, 1906, p8
Previous earliest use (Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2009):
1ST USE. 1910 (New York Tribune, July 18; Edward J. Nichols).