Where Did the Word “Screwball” Come From and What Does the Term Mean?

In baseball, when a pitcher throws a curveball, it breaks to a right-handers left and a left-handers right.

Early in the twentieth century, the great Christy Mathewson came up with a pitch that broke in the opposite direction and completely baffled opposing batters, who called it a “screwball.”

It became a word used to describe anything eccentric or totally surprising, including some humans.

where did the word screwball come from and what does the term mean scaled

Yes, people can be screwballs too.

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