Baseball Wiki

The slurve is a pitch in which the pitcher throws a slider as if they were throwing a curve ball.[1] The term is derived from a portmanteau of "slider" and "curve".


The first utilized slurve pitch is unknown. Johnny Sain of the Boston Braves was known to throw a slurve in the 1940's.[2] On May 6, 1998 Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs utilized the slurve in major-league record tying twenty strikeout game.[3]

Concerns in pitching[]

Critics of the slurve call the pitch a sloppy slider because of its wide break. They claim that the slurve produces more home runs than a late breaking slider.[1] The usefulness of the slurve is debated. The slurve is also claimed to cause problems to a pitcher. In 1998 Kerry Wood claimed his elbow soreness was caused by throwing the slurve.[3]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Mechanics Of A Breaking Pitch", Popular Mechanics, April 1997. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  2. Liptak, M."Johnny Sain Remembered", White Sox Interactive. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kiley, M."Whatever happened to ...",Chicago Times, February 8, 2000. Accessed July 6, 2007.