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.

Yes, people can be screwballs too.

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