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  • A well-thrown curveball looks like a fastball, but it spins in the opposite direction, causing it to 'break' in a different direction before reaching the hitter. With a little luck, the hitter will swing early and miss the ball. To master this skill, you'll have to perfect your basic curveball, the straight curveball, and the knuckle curveball.
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  • In baseball, a ball that curves in its trajectory toward home plate. He's a good batter, but he has a hard time hitting a curve ball.
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A curveball (aka curve, hook, yakker, Uncle Charlie and The Hammer) is a breaking ball with less speed and more movement than a slider. A curve is thrown with the forearm rotated 90° inward, and often, though not always, with a deliberate snap of the wrist as the ball is released.

The curveball is one of the most popular pitches in baseball. Curveballs are thrown in a way that causes the ball to dive down as it nears the plate. The major differences between the types of curveballs (basic, index-up, and knuckle curve) are grip and speed. In baseball and softball, the curveball is a type of pitch thrown with a characteristic grip and hand movement that imparts forward spin to the ball, causing it to dive as it approaches the plate. Varieties of curveball include the 12–6 curveball and the knuckle curve. Its close relatives are the slider and the slurve.

For decades, it was debated among fans whether a curveball really did curve. Fans would sometimes set up a series of posts, and get curveball pitchers to throw balls past the posts to see the amount of curve, if any. Applied physicists finally settled the question that yes, it does curve.

Candy Cummings is credited as the first pitcher to throw a curveball, although Fred Goldsmith was the first pitcher to actually do a public demonstration of the curveball, in 1870.

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A curveball is always slower than a fastball, but the degree of difference varies widely. Some pitchers throw a hard curve that is almost as fast as a slider, while others throw a slow curve that serves effectively as a change of pace. The curve can be thrown from any arm angle, with the ball's breaking in the direction of the pitcher's arm movement.

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An overhand curve, drop curve, or 12 to 6 curve is a ball thrown with an arm motion directly over the pitcher's shoulder. Because its motion is straight down, the overhand curve is equally effective against left and right handed batters.

A 3/4 curve, roundhouse curve, or 11 to 5 curve is thrown from a three-quarter overhand position. It drops and moves slightly away from a batter with the same handedness as the pitcher or toward an opposite handed batter.

A sidearm curve or outcurve is thrown from a straight sidearm angle and breaks directly away from a same handed batter or toward an opposite handed batter. A well thrown sidearm curve is terrifying to batters with the same handedness as the pitcher; it can look as though it's going to hit the batter and then break enough that it crosses the outside of the plate. The sidearm curve is a classic LOOGY pitch, since it's much more effective against same handed hitting.

An underhand curve is thrown underhanded as the name implies. It doesn't break straight up because the spin on the ball isn't enough to overcome gravity, but it does drop less than expected.

'Well, this year I'm told the team did well because one pitcher had a fine curve ball. I understand that a curve ball is thrown with a deliberate attempt to deceive. Surely this is not an ability we should want to foster at Harvard' - traditionally attributed to Harvard University president Charles Eliot

As the above quote, popularized by Ken Burns in his documentary Baseball, shows, the curve ball was controversial when it first appeared on the scene. The quote is genuine in that it does accurately reflect the views of some persons at the time, but its attribution is incorrect. It was in fact Humanities professor Charles Eliot Norton, a cousin of Charles Eliot, who pronounced it, and he was an outsider to the game, his views being one of a reactionary remembering the days of his youth four decades earlier when pitchers were still lobbing balls towards the batter to let him hit it as hard as possible.

Further Reading[edit]

  • David Adler et al.: 'These are the nastiest curveballs in baseball',, March 30, 2020. [1]
  • Dave Baldwin, Terry Bahill and Alan Nathan: 'Nickel and Dime Pitches', in The Baseball Research Journal, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, # 35 (2007), pp. 25-29.
  • Richard Hershberger: 'With a Deliberate Attempt to Deceive': Correcting a Quotation Misattributed to Charles Eliot, President of Harvard', Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 46, Nr. 1 (Spring 2017), pp. 65-69.
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curve ball

1. In baseball, a ball that curves in its trajectory toward home plate. He's a good batter, but he has a hard time hitting a curve ball.
2. An unexpected occurrence or thing that causes confusion or uncertainty. I thought I had confirmed my hypothesis, so these results are a real curve ball.
3. A deceptive action or thing. I don't know, I think her sudden displays of affection are just a curve ball to get me to trust her.

throw (one) a curveball

To introduce a problem piece of information that shocks, bewilders, or confounds one or makes it more difficult for one to succeed. An allusion to baseball, in which a curveball is a pitch that arcs toward the batter in order to be more difficult to hit. Primarily heard in US. The end of that trick always throws the audience a curveball. I love watching their faces as they desperately try to figure it out.It really threw Stu a curveball when Olivia announced she was leaving the company.
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throw somebody a ˈcurveball

(American English) surprise somebody with a problem, situation, question, etc. that they do not expect and which is difficult to deal with: Just when you think you have it all under control, life throws you a curve ball.
In baseball, a curveball is a ball that is difficult to hit because it does not move in a straight line.
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