forkball

noun
fork·​ball | \ ˈfȯrk-ˌbȯl How to pronounce forkball (audio) \

Definition of forkball

: 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 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, SI.com, 9 Dec. 2017 The most famous forkball still belongs to Roy Face, who developed his version in 1954. Daniel Brown, The Mercury News, 11 May 2017 Right-handed pitcher Zach Edgar carries on one tradition by throwing a forkball. Gene Chamberlain, Elgin Courier-News, 12 June 2017 Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said Nomo´s forkball appears to be as dangerous as ever. Associated Press, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2001

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First Known Use of forkball

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Forkball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forkball. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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