An athletic game, which takes the place in the United States that cricket holds in England. It is played on a square area, whose corners are called bases. The ball is struck by a bat, and the batsman seeks to run from his station to one or more bases before it can be returned by the opposing players in the field. The party making the greatest number of runs round the complete square wins the game. There are nine players on each side, including the pitcher, batsman, catcher and fieldmen.