Published: December 31, 1998
Total Running Time: 00:00:00
When the curveball pitch was first invented, batters weren't the only ones trying to figure out whether a thrown curveball was actually curving or only looked like it was—audiences and scientists wondered the same thing. It turns out that the path of a curveball really does curve as it flies through the air, making it unpredictable and hard to hit. Exploratorium staff physicist Paul Doherty explains where the curveball gets its curve.