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, "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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“Forkball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forkball. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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