forkball

noun
fork·​ball | \ˈfȯrk-ˌbȯl \

Definition of forkball 

: a baseball pitch in which the ball is gripped between the forked index and middle fingers

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Hirano said part of that progression has been with his signature forkball. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke looking doubtful for Opening Day," 15 Mar. 2018 Signing for just a $2 million bonus with LA, the 25-year-old righty with the distinctive corkscrew windup and bedeviling forkball made a solid April showing, then posted a 1.31 ERA with 119 strikeouts over his next 13 starts. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Ranking the Best Rookie Seasons Among Japanese Players to Join MLB," 9 Dec. 2017 The most famous forkball still belongs to Roy Face, who developed his version in 1954. Daniel Brown, The Mercury News, "How a former Giants pitcher came to a fork in the road — and found an unusual claim to fame," 11 May 2017 Right-handed pitcher Zach Edgar carries on one tradition by throwing a forkball. Gene Chamberlain, Elgin Courier-News, "Zach Edgar carries on family tradition with forkball pitch for Elgin Post 57," 12 June 2017 Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said Nomo´s forkball appears to be as dangerous as ever. Associated Press, WIRED, "Nomo Goes Home," 21 Dec. 2001

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First Known Use of forkball

1936, in the meaning defined above

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