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

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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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