long ball

noun

Examples of long ball in a Sentence

a pitcher who has given up a lot of long balls
Recent Examples on the Web The Spartans used the long ball to batter East Bay Athletic League rival Dublin on Wednesday afternoon, with three players hitting homers for the Concord program. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Elite at guarding the long ball: K-State ranks No. 38 in opponent three-point percentage (31.1). Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 5 Mar. 2024 Two came from the first two A’s batters to step to the plate against Giants starter Spencer Howard, who’s no stranger to the long ball. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 Even when the receivers did get open, Jackson had trouble connecting on the long ball. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 29 Jan. 2024 Elite against the long ball: Kansas State ranks No. 59 in 3-point defense, limiting opponents to just 31.5% from deep. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 The Dodgers responded to Soler’s salvo with a long ball of their own, Mookie Betts tying the score 1-1 with a 420-foot shot to center off Miami ace Sandy Alcantara in the bottom of the first, giving Betts a franchise-record 11 leadoff homers this season and 47 in his career. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 But neither of those were his most impressive long ball of the month. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2023 Against Jamaica, Colombia knocked on the door throughout the first half, before finally breaking through in the 51st minute: a gorgeous long ball from Ana Guzman—who’s only 18—found the foot of Catalina Usme, Colombia’s captain. Sean Gregory, Time, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of long ball was in 1938

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“Long ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20ball. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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