knuckle ball

noun Baseball.
a slow 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.
Also, knuckleball.
Also called knuckler [nuhk-ler] .

1905–10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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