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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.


(Baseball) a throw in baseball that flies in an erratic way and is difficult to hit well because the pitcher holds the ball between the fingertips or knuckles
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Noun1.knuckleball - a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
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He was traded in the off-season to the Washington Senators, who were building an entire rotation of knuckleballers in their quest to capture the American League pennant.
Those who do, however, are knuckleballers like Dickey, so it will be interesting to see if he can continue to dip into the Charlie Hough and Phil Niekro Memorial Well of Immortality.
As if taking comfy seats in the stands, and a break from their issue-oriented docu work, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg zero in on the mildly compelling personalities of knuckleballers Tim Wakefield (now retired) and R.A.
To the Editor: In the article by Steven Kerno on the mechanics of a pitched baseball, the author has omitted a key element: all pitchers, except knuckleballers, release the ball with a great deal of spin.
Noted knuckleballers such as Hoyt Wilhelm and Phil Niekro pitched into their late 40s and beyond, because the pitch doesn't place great strain on the pitchers' arm.
"As knuckleballers, we really have only ourselves to rely on," said Niekro, the Hall of Fame pitcher with 318 wins.
Where would 225 wins leave Wakefield among knuckleballers all-time?
If he sticks around for another year or two - knuckleballers have a history of pitching well into their 40s - he could finish his career with the most wins in a Boston uniform.
Knuckleballers have the ability to throw a lot of pitches, work on far less rest and, in short, save a staff.
"That's the biggest misconception," Francona said, referring to the conventional wisdom that knuckleballers can pitch almost infinitely.
One of the early knuckleballers, Fitzsimmons was traded to Brooklyn during the 1937 season.
Now he faces a brighter future, one that fans assume is natural for knuckleballers - pitching well into his 40s.