Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball A pitched ball that curves away from the batter.

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  • n. A ball, thrown by the pitcher, that curves away from the batter

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Examples

  • As he stood there, turned from me, with his hat off, and his neck painfully flushed under the sharp outcurve of his dark head, a feeling of pity surged up in me, as if I had taken an unfair advantage.

    The Inn of Tranquillity: Studies and Essays

  • Quote: “He has only average speed, very poor command of the ball, and relies almost entirely on the outcurve.”

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • The outcurve, the drop, down shoot, and so on, are simply a curve ball to the professional player.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • Note: McMahon below says that Terry “was known for his wide assortment of puzzling curves, including what Sporting Life called ‘the sharpest and speediest outcurve ever seen.’”

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • Bender did not have a name for the pitch, which in that era was not really unusual because any breaking pitch could just be called “a curve”; a pitcher might throw three or four curves—a drop, an outcurve, etc.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • In a 1908 instructional book called How to Pitch, Bill Dineen says of the incurve/inshoot he used the terms interchangeably, “Speed is necessary for an inshoot … Do not become discouraged if you fail to see the ball positively change its course as it does in an outcurve … Practice will succeed in giving a sharp break to the ball, which may not amount to more than an inch or two …”

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • One might assume that the incurve is simply the reverse of the outcurve, which would be the reverse of the curveball … which is to say, a screwball.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • "Don," said Mr. Strong, "do you remember when you learned to pitch an outcurve?"

    Don Strong, Patrol Leader

  • The next was a crafty outcurve which went as a ball.

    Baseball Joe Around the World Pitching on a Grand Tour

  • The third ball pitched was a wide outcurve at which Larry refused to bite.

    Baseball Joe Around the World Pitching on a Grand Tour

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