“We trust to see the time when the object of the pitcher will be, not to send in the most unfair balls he can, but such ones that will admit of plenty of employment for the outfielders by giving them frequent opportunities to employ their skill.” Brooklyn Daily Eage, September 9, 1863, p2
- NOTE: There are earlier uses from cricket in British newspapers.
Previous earliest use (Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2009):
1ST USE. 1864. “Their pitcher and basemen being good men for the positions, as are two of their outfielders and short stop” (New York Clipper, Aug. 13; Peter Morris).