game ball


Definition of game ball

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

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After the record-breaking completion, officials stopped the game and the game ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials on the sideline while the Superdome crowd offered a standing ovation. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "Saints’ Brees becomes NFL all-time yards passing leader," 8 Oct. 2018 At the next stoppage is when James was given the game ball and celebrated by fans and teammates. Dennis Manoloff,, "NBA dunks, other highlights from Friday March 30 (video)," 31 Mar. 2018 In a heartfelt moment, Caldwell gives game balls to team owner Martha Firestone Ford and her four children after the game, the first the Lions played since William Clay Ford's death in March 2014. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions fire Jim Caldwell: A timeline of his tenure," 1 Jan. 2018 Fun stuff: Weber, a local kid who played at Abington High and West Chester, earned a game ball that day. Ed Barkowitz,, "From Eagles-Cowboys to Ali-Frazier, a quick sampling of Philadelphia sports' first meetings," 12 June 2018 Hill said James said Thompson and Hill both deserve a game ball for their efforts. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Tristan Thompson and the Cavs' shrewd Game 7 decision that may have saved their season," 29 Apr. 2018 Earlier in the night, CovCath administrators gave him a trophy with a game ball commemorating his CovCath accomplishments. James Weber,, "Holy Cross ends Listerman's career; CovCath rolls into finals," 21 Feb. 2018 And Rawlings baseballs have been the official, and exclusive, game balls since 1977. Maria Armental, WSJ, "MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million," 5 June 2018 The Arizona Diamondbacks are moving forward on plans to become the second MLB team to store their game balls in a humidor. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Question marks abound as 2018 fantasy baseball drafts draw near," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of game ball

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of game ball

US : a ball that is given to a player or coach who did something impressive to help win a game in American football, basketball, etc.

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