- n. baseball A pitch thrown with the ball gripped on the fingertips and released with no rotation which travels over an unpredictable path to the plate due to micro-turbulence in the air.
- n. An event that is hard to predict.
- v. intransitive, baseball To pitch knuckleballs.
- n. a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
“League Championship Series, Wakefield's knuckleball is still dancing.”
“The knuckleball is one of the toughest balls to hit," said”
“Wakefield throws a knuckleball, which is indeed extremely unpredictable. — cephyn”
“His repertoire includes a knuckleball, which is always intriguing.”
“In baseball, this pitch is known as a knuckleball, and neither pitcher nor batter has much idea of its exact flight path.”
“With the terminology not yet standardized, this fingernail fling was quite likely what we now call a knuckleball.”
“Also in 1908, Ed Summers became known for a pitch called a “dry spitter,” but a photo shows a pitch gripped with the first knuckles on the index and middle finger; that is, a knuckleball in the most literal sense.”
“The origins of the knuckleball are a bit murky, as four different pitchers have been said to have invented a non-spinning pitch thrown off the knuckles or the fingertips at roughly the same time.”
“One was the pitch we now call the knuckleball; the other was a pitch thrown much harder and with a different break, but also called a knuckleball see entries on Eddie Rommel, Ben Cantwell, Jesse Haines and Freddie Fitzsimmons.”
“In writing about the knuckleball, I noted that, in the 1920s, there were two quite distinct pitches being thrown, both called the knuckleball.”
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