beanball

noun
bean·​ball | \ ˈbēn-ˌbȯl How to pronounce beanball (audio) \

Definition of beanball

: a pitch thrown at a batter's head

Examples of beanball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mets wanted revenge on Roger Clemens in the worst way after Clemens concussed Mike Piazza — who was hitting 7-for-12 with three homers against Clemens — with an obvious beanball on July 9, 2000. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Conigliaro was a Red Sox outfielder whose career was cut short by a beanball in 1967. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Dec. 2019 In 1965, Juan Marichal, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, was involved in a confrontation while batting as part of beanball war between Marichal’s Giants and the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2019 There will be stringent enforcement of both a pitch clock and a rule forcing batters to remain in the box (unless dusting themselves off after a near-beanball). BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2019 Marlins pitcher Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly were both suspended for their roles in a beanball incident with the San Francisco Giants. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, 21 June 2018 Unlike the first two games of this series that were marked by flaring tempers and alleged beanballs, Wednesday's finale was tame. Michael Wagaman, Sun-Sentinel.com, 20 June 2018 Unfortunately, that includes a beanball war three years ago between his Aztecs and the Cougars. Oscar Terrones, sandiegouniontribune.com, 20 Apr. 2018 As Josh Donaldson pointed out in a heated but extremely reasonable tirade about beanball culture two years ago, intentionally throwing at a hitter puts his health and his livelihood at risk. Ted Berg, For The Win, 12 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of beanball

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beanball was circa 1905

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Last Updated

18 Apr 2022

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“Beanball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beanball. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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