knuckle ball


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knuckle ball

or knuck·le·ball (nŭk′əl-bôl′)
n. Baseball
A slow pitch that has almost no spin and veers erratically, thrown by gripping the ball with the nails or knuckles near the tips of the index and middle fingers, and often the third finger.

knuck′le·ball′er n.
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knuck′le ball`

or knuck′le•ball`,


n.
a slow baseball pitch that moves erratically toward home plate, delivered by holding the ball between the thumb and the knuckles or fingertips.
Also called knuck•ler (ˈnʌk lər)
[1905–10, Amer.]
knuck′le•ball`er, n.
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By the end of the decade, however, after struggling with a sore arm, he was barely hanging on with the expansion Seattle Pilots by getting batters out with a knuckle ball.
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In his youth, Sonny loved playing baseball and was known for his knuckle ball. He later played for 15 years on the Norton Company's softball league.
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I said in the profile that, like an aging pitcher whose fast ball has failed him, Dubus would have to learn how to throw a knuckle ball to regain the writing form that had carried him into the major league of American letters.