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Alice Marble U.S. tennis player who won the U.S. tennis championship singles titles four times (1936, 1938-40) prior to working as a spy for U.S. intelligence (b.1913--d.1990).
all-star a player on an all-star team. [1/2 definitions]
Althea Gibson U.S. professional tennis player, who was the first African-American woman to win all the major world singles tennis titles (b.1927--d.2003).
ante in poker, an amount of money that a player must put into play before seeing his or her cards. [1/3 definitions]
assist in some sports, a play that helps another player complete a play such as a score. [1/5 definitions]
Babe Ruth U.S. professional baseball player, celebrated for his ability to hit home runs and for generating public interest in the sport of baseball; born George Herman Ruth (b.1895--d.1948).
backcheck in hockey, to check (an opposing player) in the vicinity of one's own goal. (Cf. forecheck.)
ball handler a player, esp. in basketball, whose position requires him or her to touch and control the ball, or one who handles the ball on a particular play. [2 definitions]
banker1 in games, the player responsible for the bank. [1/2 definitions]
baseman in baseball, a player covering first, second, or third base.
bassist a player of a bass instrument such as the bass viol or bass guitar. [1/2 definitions]
batsman a player who is at bat, esp. in cricket.
blindman's buff a game, usu. played by children, in which one blindfolded player tries to catch and identify one of several other players, who then puts on the blindfold.
blindside to hit or attack (someone, esp. a football player) from an unanticipated direction.
block in sports, an act of physical obstruction of another player, esp. in football. [2/19 definitions]
blocker in football, an offensive player who tries to block defensive players from tackling the ball carrier. [1/2 definitions]
boom box a portable stereo radio with built-in speakers, a carrying handle, and usu. a cassette or CD player, capable of producing loud sound.
breakaway in certain sports, of or designating a play in which one player moves rapidly down the playing area with the potential to score, as in a basketball fast break. [1/6 definitions]
buck4 an object such as a buckhorn knife that was formerly placed before a player in a poker game to indicate the responsibility to deal.
call-and-response of or pertaining to music that alternates between one player, singer, or section, and another in a pattern of statement and response.
catcher in baseball, the player who squats behind the batter at home plate and catches balls thrown by the pitcher. [1/2 definitions]