Earliest use of the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” I can find on newspapers.com is, “pitchers and catcher report,” March 18, 1907

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 - II FIELDER ARMSTRONG SENT TO CftllTOH CLOB BIG...
II FIELDER ARMSTRONG SENT TO CftllTOH CLOB BIG INDIANAPOLIS SQUAD DECREASED DECREASED BY ONE. FIVE GO TO FRENCH LICK The number of candidates .for the Indianapolis Indianapolis infield has been decreased toy one, Robert E. Armstrong, third - baseman, baseman, baseman, having been notified that he has been awarded to the 1 Canton Central League team. Armstrong waa the third - baseman of the - Peoria Three - I League team last year and . made a' creditable record. His home is at Terre Haute. Hopke, the old Canton third - baseman. Is expected to be the regular guardian of the third sack for Indianapolis this season. Persons who have seen him plav are of the opinion that he certainly will make good and that he will prove the best man for the place Indianapolis haa had In - years. - Pitchers and Catcher, Report. Pitchers Summers, Fisher, - Slagle and Bales and catefcV. Livingstone reported to owner Watkl this morning and left this afternoon for French Lick ' where they will! practice for a week. Pitchers Keilum and Brings and catcher Howley are expectel to arrive to - night. "Bunny" Hare will also go to French Lick as soon aa . he completes his engagement at the American "Bowling Congress, St - .Louis. The players who have reported appear to be in the best shape possible! All are confident of a good season for themselves and the club. ; - . ,

Clipped from The Indianapolis News18 Mar 1907, MonPage 16

The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Indiana)18 Mar 1907, MonPage 16
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  • — Earliest use of the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” I can find on newspapers.com is, “pitchers and catcher report,” March 18, 1907

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