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n. Baseball
A pitch thrown with the ball placed between the index and middle fingers so that the ball takes a sharp dip near home plate.
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(Baseball) a method of pitching in baseball
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a baseball pitch thrown with the ball inserted between the index and middle fingers, causing it to dip sharply near home plate.
[1920–25, Amer.]
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First, that I didn't ask Mike Boddicker to show me how he threw the "foshball"--the forkball change-up hybrid he used to whiff 14 bewildered and hopeless White Sox players in Game Two of the 1983 AL championship series.
And he did pitch and he stuck it up their butt." (62) Armed with his dazzling forkball, Paepke had the Clippers waving ineffectually at his offerings.
But along with great writing the novel leaves the reader with a nice underlying moral to this story that life may throw you curveballs but it's up to you to throw the "forkball" which is whether to stand tall or fall under the pressure.
Plummer says that these days, he doesn't rely on much special in his delivery, mostly throwing a fastball, curve and forkball that he uses as a change-up.
"He just split his fingers a little bit more and threw more of a true split-finger or forkball," Farrell said, "and that's the pitch that really emerged to be his strikeout pitch."
Mark Kroon pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save and matched his own record for the fastest pitch in Japanese baseball with a 161-kilometer fastball against Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who struck out on a forkball to end the game.
Pitching for the V Corps Guardians baseball team in Europe, he developed a forkball and a goal of returning to the majors by 1965.
Wells can hit 97 miles per hour with his fastball and also throws a curveball, slider, and a forkball.
"And that forkball of his is a hell of a lot harder on his arm than the spitter is on yours.
Known only by the eponymous sobriquet on the back of his uniform, the masked closer for the Hanshin Tigers has racked up 15 saves without a loss, and is so confident on the mound he trades rude gestures with batters and even shows his archenemy the forkball he's about to strike him out with.
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Type of Pitch Minimum Age to Learn Pitch Fastball 8 [+ or -] 2 Change-up 10 [+ or -] 3 Curveball 14 [+ or -] 2 Knuckleball 15 [+ or -] 3 Slider 16 [+ or -] 2 Forkball 16 [+ or -] 2 Screwball 17 [+ or -] 2 Source: Phys.
Sutter's righthanded forkball lived up to the cliche: It dropped off the table.