Definition of Curve ball
1. Noun. A pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter.
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Literary usage of Curve ball
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1. The American Language: An Inquiry Into the Development of English in the by Henry Louis Mencken (1921)
"PITCHES—It was a curve ball, just like you ast me, only it didn't break good. ... Hook: A curve ball. Peg: A throw. Hop: To bound. Hit the dirt: To slide. ..."
2. Hygiene for Base Ball Players: Being a Brief Consideration of the Body as a by Alexander Hubert Providence Leuf (1888)
"20 the dotted line c shows the direction an ordinarily thrown ball would take as viewed from above, while the line d marks the course of the in curve ball. ..."
3. Athletics at Princeton: A History by James Hugh Moffatt, Frank Presbrey (1901)
"Possibly the first curve ball pitched at Princeton was by FP Henry '66 in the Nassau—Athletic game of September 26, 1863. The Nassaus won by the score of ..."
4. Mass Physical Training for Use in the Army and the Reserve Officers by Joseph Edward Raycroft (1920)
"Another method of throwing a curve ball is with palm up and letting the ball go over the ends of the fingers. ..."
5. The Young Folk's Cyclopædia of Games and Sports by John Denison Champlin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick (1899)
"... his base before the runner — the others, in most cases, put the run- f, ner out by touching him with the Out-Curve. ball before he reaches the base. ..."