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In baseball, a slider is a pitch halfway between a curveball and a fastball. When pitched, the slider breaks laterally and down, with more speed than a curve ball but less speed than a fastball. The break on the pitch is shorter than that of a curveball. The release technique of a slider is between a curve ball and a fastball. The slider is similar to the cutter, a pitch which is thrown as a fastball, but differs in the sense that a slider tends to be more of a breaking ball.[1]


The innovator of the slider is debated, but some source Charles Albert Bender as the first to use the slider, then called a "nickel curve" in the 1910's.[2] Bender used his slider to help him achieve a no-hitter and win 212 games in his career.[3] Bender was the first pitcher to win six World Series.[2]


  1. "The Mechanics Of A Breaking Pitch", Popular Mechanics, April 1997. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "WISCONSIN Magazine of History",Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Spring 2004 issue. Accessed July 8, 2007.
  3. "National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Hall of Famer detail",National Baseball Hall of Fame. Accessed July 8, 2007.