foul ball


Definition of foul ball

: a baseball batted into foul territory

Examples of foul ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McCauley, who covers Bay Area sports for the Associated Press, was working the A’s fan-free Opening Night game, social-distancing from other scribes in the stands, when a foul ball off Mark Canha’s bat clanged into the empty seats nearby. Scott Ostler,, "Rx for the 2020 blues ’n’ blahs: cowhide pills, dispensed by Bay Area writer," 2 Oct. 2020 Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett had one of the better Twitter reactions to Seth's tumble after retrieving a foul ball during the ninth inning of the Reds' win Monday night at GABP. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "'Hustler' Seth gets Skyline Chili, ribbing from fellow Reds grounds crew members," 23 Sep. 2020 Catcher Mitch Garver needed a couple of days to get over getting hit below the belt with a foul ball while catching at the Twins camp in St. Paul. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has 12 home runs … and one stolen base," 17 Sep. 2020 Then, Ball 1, a changeup inside followed by a foul ball on a four-seamer on the outside part of the plate. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'Nobody’s ready to go home:' Manager Dusty Baker's old-school decisions pay off for Astros in ALCS Game 4," 15 Oct. 2020 With two outs in the second and runners on second and third, Margot tracked George Springer’s long foul ball to right field while shielding his face from the sun. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Astros-Rays live stream (10/13): How to watch ALCS game 3 online, TV, time," 13 Oct. 2020 With runners on second and third and two outs, Springer hit a foul ball to right that appeared to be out of play, but Margot dove over the railing to make the catch and end the inning. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Key error deals Astros Game 2 loss, 2-0 hole in ALCS," 12 Oct. 2020 Three-and-two count, foul ball — almost inevitably on a three-and-two count. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, "We All Live in Don DeLillo’s World. He’s Confused by It Too.," 11 Oct. 2020 Only a rare foul ball came off the bat, and Dodd struck out the football/track star with regularity until the point was made. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helix’s Derrell Hutsona: from football field and track to business," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of foul ball

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Foul ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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