fly ball


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fly ball (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
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  • Tommy Henrich
    Tommy Henrich
    “Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it is a business.”


In literature:

He contented himself with blocking Duncan's balls until his eye was in; but then, acquiring confidence, he sent them flying right and left.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
The ball grazes the top edge of the bat's blade and flies straight into the welcoming hands of the wicket-keeper.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Rifle balls began to fly overhead, and a few to drop unpleasantly near the troops.
"The Thorogood Family" by R.M. Ballantyne
We thought you was practisin', and hauled down till you'd done, for the balls was flying very near.
"In the King's Name" by George Manville Fenn
The balls were flying so thick and so fast, from both sides, that it looked like a snow storm of enormous flakes shooting in all directions.
"Christmas Holidays at Merryvale" by Alice Hale Burnett
He has to do that on a caught fly ball, hasn't he?
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Both he and the second-baseman must field ground balls cleanly and are often called upon to catch fly balls also.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
My heart was in my throat when I saw that fly ball coming toward me.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
Now she sent the ball flying toward Susan Atwell with a sure aim that made the onlookers gasp with admiration.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
The ball went higher than any fly 'Pop' ever saw in his life.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon

In poetry:

From joyous hand to laughing face
We watch the snow-balls fly.
The way they used ere we were men
Waiting our turn to die.
"Snow In France" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
When Nature sprung, Bless'd angels sung
And shouted o'er the rising ball:
For strains as high As man's can fly,
These sea-devoted honours call.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
THERE'S a white stone placed upon yonder tomb,
Beneath is a soldier lying —
The death-wound came, amid sword and plume,
When banner and ball were flying.
"The Soldier's Grave" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Why breathes my anxious heart the frequent sigh?
Why from my eye-balls drop the ready tear?
Is it to mark how present blessings fly?
Is is that griefs to come awake my fear?
"Desiring a Cheerful Resignation to the Divine Will" by Ann Steele
Let happy lovers fly where pleasures call,
With festive songs beguile the fleeting hour;
Lead beauty through the mazes of the ball,
Or press her, wanton, in Love's roseate bower.
"Love Elegy (in imitation of Tibullus)" by Tobias Smollett
"Now, be the Hokey Fly!" sez Peter Begg.
"Suppose 'e comes 'ome with a wooden leg.
Suppose 'e isn't fit to darnce at all,
Then, ain't we 'asty fixin' up this ball?
A little tournament at Bridge is my
Idear," sez Peter. "Be the Hokey Fly!"
"Jim" by C J Dennis

In news:

Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth drops a fly ball hit by Tigers DH Delmon Young in Saturday's second inning.
IN the first inning, a routine fly ball drifted above the left fielder, who, positioning himself just right in the grass, held up his mitt -- and then lost the ball in the sun.
White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) misplayed a fly ball by the Royals' Alex Gordon that turned into a two-run double in the seventh inning.
While the New York Yankees are at home playing the Colorado Rockies, a man in the stands caught a fly ball.
Bullets have been flying through the air like soccer balls and the officers needed a pooper-scooper to pick up all the ballistics evidence found in the street.
Orioles' Nate McLouth watches a long fly ball just go foul in the top of the 6th inning.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span catches a fly ball by New more.
Rivera tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee while trying to chase down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City Thursday night.
German sports reporter Jessica Kastrop - the web's newest viral sensation after she was whacked in the head by a soccer ball during a pregame broadcast of a match - says she's been hit in the head by a flying ball, not once, but three times.
Cruz tried to dive for a fly ball by Austin Jackson near the right-field line in the seventh inning.
But the folks at Finnair have looked into their crystal ball and seen a future where flying is green, serene and — dare we say it — enjoyable.
Matt Kemp catches a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Geovany Soto on Saturday.
There was playoff basketball and hockey this week, but yeah, this was the week Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City.
SAN DIEGO — Losing a high fly ball in the sun isn't all that uncommon.
A Taiwanese pilot died Wednesday when the Dassault Mirage 2000 he was flying in France burst into a ball of flames after crashing in a forest, officials said.