fair ball


Definition of fair ball

: a batted baseball that lands within the foul lines or that is within the foul lines when bounding to the outfield past first or third base or when going beyond the outfield for a home run

Examples of fair ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next inning, Sean Murphy hit a ball down the left-field line that appeared on at least one replay angle to be a fair ball, and a homer. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s bats wake up, Chris Bassitt turns in gem to beat White Sox, keep wild-card series alive," 30 Sep. 2020 The rule applies only to fair balls, and this one blew fair at the last moment, apparently too late to make the call. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s roll to victory, but Laureano leaves with cramp in troublesome leg," 7 Sep. 2019 The manager came onto the field to argue after umpires huddled and ruled Orlando Arcia’s grounder did not hit his foot and was a fair ball. Charles Odum, The Seattle Times, "Gamel’s 10th-inning homer lifts Brewers over Braves, 3-2," 19 May 2019 When a player hits a fair ball, what is his batting average? Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians: How they keep winning -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fair ball

1855, in the meaning defined above

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7 Oct 2020

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“Fair ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20ball. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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