or knuck·le ball
[ nuhk-uhl-bawl ]
/ ˈnʌk əlˌbɔl /
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a junk pitch that moves erratically toward home plate, usually delivered by holding the ball between the thumb and the knuckles of the first joints of the first two or three fingers: Trying to hit his knuckleball was like swatting at a fly with a straw.
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Also called knuck·ler [nuhk-ler]. /ˈnʌk lər/.
Origin of knuckleball
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Words nearby knuckleball
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I was the one who taught him how to control his curveball and throw a knuckleball.Satchel Paige was one of baseball’s best. It didn’t take an announcement to know that.|Thomas M. Boswell|December 18, 2020|Washington Post