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Chris Nowlin of Knuckleball Nation Introduces Social Network

Knuckleball Nation, the web site and organization of IKA’s Chris Nowlin (shown above with R.A. Dickey), has introduced a social feature called the Knuckleball Network, and announced a related feature focusing on the achievements of knuckleball pitchers, the Scoreboard (forthcoming). The Knuckleball Network is a social network for knuckleball pitchers, parents and coaches available only […]

Program Director Chris Nowlin training with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro

Chris Nowlin on Finding Your Own Personal Knuckleball

In a recent post at his Knuckleball Nation site, IKA’s Chris Nowlin (bio here) suggests that which of various equally effective knuckleball grips you adopt depends on personal “feel” that can’t be determined by formula—and also depends on how short you cut your fingernails. Once you’ve reduced any variables and put yourself into position to […]

What Wright Gets Right; Chris Nowlin on Reducing Knuckleball Spin

Up-and-coming knuckleballer Steven Wright has often been compared to his predecessor in the Red Sox organization, longtime knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield (for example, by Chris Smith, as we noted in our May 31 and May 18 posts). At Baseball Prospectus, Ryan Morrison (“How Steven Wright Is Righting the Ship”) begins by comparing the two players—well, […]

Late-Blooming Knuckleballers, Part Three

R.A. Dickey, the subject of our previous post on late-blooming knuckleballers, is only the most prominent of today’s knuckleball pitchers, including those who decided to specialize in it only after having already put in a few years of pro ball. (Which is, after all, the typical knuckleballer path. Few start out in pro baseball determined […]

Chris Nowlin’s Tricky Knuckleball

It’s a knuckleball, but the announcer didn’t catch that fact right away. (Well, we all know the pitch is hard to catch….) IKA Program Director Chris Nowlin’s recent professional start in Northern California was caught on film for broadcast in the San Francisco area, and he has prepared a video of selections from the early […]


Knuckleball Nation Announces Second Annual Weekend Training Camp

Knuckleball Nation—IKA program director Chris Nowlin’s independent knuckleball-training venture—has announced its second annual weekend training camp, September 27 and 28, 2014, being held once again in Las Vegas. Participants will receive a free copy of my new DVD, “Advanced Knuckleballing,” as well as a Knuck Nation-specific piece of clothing. Every knuckleballer will get slow-motion video […]

Teachers of the Knuckleball

R. A. Dickey says he loves spring training, “because it comes bundled with hope…. Hope is a nice thing to have, however long it lasts.” The ability to consistently throw a good knuckleball can inspire hope for a longer-lived and even a stellar pitching career, a hope fueled when talented new knuckleballers are able to […]