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fair ball

n. Baseball
A batted ball that first strikes the ground or leaves the playing field beyond first or third base within the foul lines or that is within the foul lines as it bounces past first or third base or that comes to rest or is touched by a fielder in front of first or third base within the foul lines.
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fair′ ball′

a batted baseball that lands, rolls, or is caught within the foul lines or legal area of play.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fair ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
physical contact, contact - the act of touching physically; "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
foul ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
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But the outing could have been worse if not for an accidental assist in the first by a security guard seated down the right-field line who scooped up a fair ball with two on and two out.
It was from the left side that Mantle twice came just a foot or two from hitting a fair ball out of old Yankee Stadium, something nobody ever did.
No base shall be run, or run scored, when a fair ball has been caught, or momentarily held before touching the ground, unless the base held when the ball was hit is re-touched by the base-runner after the ball has been so caught or held by the fielder.
Tony Abbott said there had been profound grief, in part because to "be felled by a hard but fair ball in the centre of the SCG at your most exuberant, it just doesn't seem right or natural".
The ball, an opposite-field fly, landed just about on the left field foul line and was ruled a fair ball.
``It was definitely a fair ball to go for,''he said.``In Euro 2004, you would expect Wayne to go for a ball like that.''
'Aggression is a big part of his game and even though Jonah's got a bump on his head, I think it's a fair ball to go for.'
Fair ball. We suspect that it is directed more at how Canada chose to express that disagreement.
The courageous journalist was apparently unhappy with the skinny little runt for other misdemeanors and felt it was fair ball to report a private conversation, not meant for his ears, but carelessly taking place near his ears.
Remind the runner of (1) game situation, number of outs, the count, and other runners on base throughout the at-bat, (2) baserunning situations such as the quality of the pitcher's pickoff move, (3) taking signals on the base, (4) picking up the third-base coach early on a hit, (5) special situations such as bad footing in the basepaths or outfielders playing in unusual positions, and (5) such basics as: "go on a ground ball, freeze on the line drive, go part way on a fair ball hit in the air, go back to the bag on a foul ball."
WHEN MOST PEOPLE HEAR THE word "fair," it conjures up good thoughts--as in "fair ball" or "fair weather" or even "fair-haired." But when servicers and their attorneys hear the word today, their sentiments are justifiably more somber.
The roof is gone now, and the mystique of the House That Ruth Built--no fair ball ever went out of the park--remains intact.

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