game ball


: a ball (such as a football) presented to a player or coach in recognition of an outstanding contribution to a team victory

Examples of game ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shelby earned a game ball for the performance, said redshirt senior rush end Jamil Muhammad, who was carrying the prize during his postgame news conference on his way to deliver it to the freshman. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 Each team was awarded a game ball for MVP and donated a raffle item to be auctioned off. Cam Kerry,, 27 May 2023 The game ball goes to the Bomber defense, which gave up a paltry 94 yards. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2023 Detroit Pistons legend Ben Wallace served as honorary captain and delivered the game ball, and Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson was also in attendance. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2023 That did not affect Saturday’s balls, which already had been removed, and MLB believes the effect on Sunday’s game balls will be minimal. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2023 The Angels, as part of their Pride Night celebration on Wednesday, supported and welcomed a Southern California drag queen to deliver the game ball to the mound. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 The Blind Pig in Downtown and Crowley’s Irish Pub in Mt. Adams each got a game ball following the Bengals’ thrilling 24-17 wild card win over the Baltimore Ravens. Brian Planalp and Kendall Hyde, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2023 The Angels, as part of their Pride Night celebration on Wednesday, supported and welcomed Matthews, delivering the game ball to the mound for the game, a 6-2 victory for the Angels over the Chicago Cubs. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of game ball was in 1853

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“Game ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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