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smileynev

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I'm assuming bat was first used to describe the flying mammal before it was became the piece of wood used to hit baseballs. Do you think baseball players knew and didn't care, or do you think that the term "bat," as in to hit something like a kitten, has been around for longer then baseball itself and was picked up to describe the act of hitting a ball?
 
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Drool-Boy said:
"bat" as in baseball bat, is a truncated version of "battering ram", which it looks very much like.

It looks like a battering ram? Thats not its purpose, I don't see where they would get that from.
 
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