foul ball


Definition of foul ball

: a baseball batted into foul territory

Examples of foul ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once, while pursuing a pop-up foul ball, the great baseball legend Babe Ruth ran into a cement wall, knocking himself out cold. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Yankees Got the Larger-Than-Life Babe Ruth," 24 Dec. 2019 Every major league baseball team next season will expand netting that protects fans from foul balls, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told CNBC in an interview Wednesday. NBC News, "Every major league baseball team will expand netting to protect fans from foul balls," 12 Dec. 2019 In 2018, a grandmother celebrating her 79th birthday at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles died after being hit in the head by a foul ball. NBC News, "Every major league baseball team will expand netting to protect fans from foul balls," 12 Dec. 2019 Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant also pushed for a similar cause in May after a 2-year-old girl was struck in the head by a foul ball during a Houston Astros vs. Cubs game. Rachel Desantis,, "All MLB Teams Will Expand Netting After Foul Balls Lead to Fan Death and Injuries," 12 Dec. 2019 The delay at the start of the inning was the result of Jeff Nelson, the home plate umpire, being removed as a result of his having taken a foul ball off his facemask in the fourth inning. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "How the Astros Stifled the Yankees in Game 3," 15 Oct. 2019 The organization found 808 reports of injuries to fans from baseballs, most of which were foul balls, from 2012 to 2019. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Number of fans injured by foul balls at MLB games is staggering," 1 Oct. 2019 Four were foul balls, and two were swinging strikes. Nick Kelly,, "There’s not as much steam on Rick Porcello’s four-seam fastball," 16 July 2019 The Cubs' Albert Almora, Jr., lined a foul ball into the stands during that May 29 game. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Family of child hit by foul ball at Astros game releases statement," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of foul ball

1860, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Foul ball.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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