fork·​ball ˈfȯrk-ˌbȯl How to pronounce forkball (audio)
: a baseball pitch in which the ball is gripped between the forked index and middle fingers

Examples of forkball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senga’s forkball was the best non-fastball thrown by any pitcher in 2023. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 For his first career strikeout, Senga fanned Yuli Gurriel on a forkball that caused Gurriel to flail so badly at that the bat flew out of his hands and into foul territory past third base. James Wagner, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2023 Hoping to strikeout the Marlins leadoff hitter Luis Arraez, Senga threw the forkball with two strikes. James Wagner, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2023 Martinez was referring to Kodai Senga of Japan and his forkball, which is nicknamed the ghost fork. Gary Phillips, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 And there is interest in Japanese import Kodai Senga, who like deGrom throws in the upper 90s, but also has a devastating forkball. Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2022 Porter is famous because his forkball killed a dove in mid-air in the middle of a game. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 30 June 2021 Hirano said part of that progression has been with his signature forkball. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, 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,, 9 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forkball was in 1936

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“Forkball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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