split-fingered fastball

noun \ ˈsplit-ˈfiŋ-gərd- \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of split-fingered fastball

: a fastball thrown with the ball gripped as for a forkball so that it drops rapidly as it nears the plate called also split-finger, splitter

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First Known Use of split-fingered fastball

1979

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SPLIT-FINGERED FASTBALL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of split-fingered fastball for English Language Learners

  • baseball : a fast pitch that drops quickly as it nears the batter


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