foul ball


Definition of foul ball 

: a baseball batted into foul territory

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On the 13th pitch Margot saw and his eighth foul ball of the at-bat. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Margot's crucial out; Ross better than before; Texas ties," 27 June 2018 But Kremer will do more than retrieve bats and foul balls, and bring baseballs to the home plate umpire with his signature gusto and unbridled joy that evening. Carol Motsinger,, "Teddy Kremer won our hearts as the Reds bat boy. Soon, the Reds will honor him," 25 June 2018 Earlier in the game, Chambers failed to chase after a playable foul ball, which cost pitcher Ethan Roberts 12 pitches. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Run scores after missed pop-up hits Mets draft pick in the groin," 11 June 2018 As a Yankee, Fowler suffered a ruptured patellar tendon diving for a foul ball in the first inning of his M.L.B. debut last June, causing him to miss the rest of the 2017 season. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Athletics Strike Quickly Against Sonny Gray and Cool Off the Yankees," 12 May 2018 Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth victory in the CWS, and Oregon State — a night after escaping on the ninth-inning, two-out foul ball fiasco, beat Arkansas 5-0 on Thursday night for its third title. Eric Olson, Houston Chronicle, "Oregon State defeats Arkansas in Game 3 to win College World Series," 28 June 2018 The day of his major league debut with the New York Yankees in late June, Fowler slammed into an unpadded electric box while chasing a foul ball and tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's 100 Names You Need to Know for 2018," 7 Feb. 2018 His next pitch was way high and, after a foul ball, Grenier sent a drive into left field to score Clayton. Eric Olson, Houston Chronicle, "Oregon State forces Game 3 at College World Series; Arkansas laments blown chance," 28 June 2018 His next pitch was way high and, after a foul ball, Grenier sent a drive into left field to score Clayton. Eric Olson,, "Oregon St. wins 5-3 to force Game 3 in College World Series finals; Hogs crying over foul," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of foul ball

1860, in the meaning defined above

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