One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A pitch delivered within the strike zone (now rare).
2A batted ball that keeps within the two foul lines as it goes past first or third base, or that comes to rest or is touched by a fielder between the foul lines in the infield.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Spirit of the Times: a chronicle of the turf, agriculture, field sports, literature and the stage.
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