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Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back In Play

Several days ago we were seeing reports that good news was coming for knuckleballer Steven Wright, who had been away from the mound for several weeks because of trouble with his knee. Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright is expected to come off the disabled list and join the team Saturday, manager Alex Cora said…. “Steven […]

Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back as a Starter, for Now; PLUS: Famed 45-year-old Knucklers

Comeback Kid Steven Wright, once again excelling as a knuckleball pitcher after a year away from baseball, will be serving as a starting pitcher at least for the moment. (See our last post, “Though Starting as a Reliever, Steven Wright May End as a Starter.”) WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Wright is getting a chance […]

Though Starting as a Reliever, Steven Wright May End as a Starter

Sports writers like MassLive’s Christopher Smith are wondering whether knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, recently back in play with the Boston Red Sox, will replace Drew Pomeranz as a starter. Reason: Pomeranz “continues to struggle.” And Wright is till pretty darn good. [T]he Red Sox have an usual situation with three starters (Wright, Brian Johnson and […]

What Does the Hard-to-Catch Knuckleball Do to the Hitting of a Knuckleball Catcher?

Do knuckleball catchers have a harder time hitting during games in which they are also lunging for knuckleballs? TheRinger.com cites the experiences of catchers like Tyler Flowers (pictured) and Russell Martin to suggest why this may be. Each has caught knuckleballs for R.A. Dickey.  “It just kind of dawned on me one day that, like, ‘Man, I never seem […]

Waiting for the Knuckleball

Fun fact: two of the longest-lived MLB pitchers were knuckleball pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm (pictured with Wilbur Wood) and Phil Niekro. We’re reminded of the advantage in career longevity that knuckleballers enjoy by John Carter’s article, “In Honor of Jamie Moyer: The Oldest Pitchers Ever” over at BillJamesOnline. Knuckleball artist Hoyt Wilhelm’s last game in 1972 […]

Is the Knuckleball Sorcery?

The late science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once famously suggested that sufficiently advanced technology is “indistinguishable from magic,” presumably if and when the whys and wherefores of the technology are not understood. Perhaps, then, the dictum should instead be that baffling complexity is indistinguishable from magic. In this form, would Clarke’s principle apply to […]

And the Best Knuckleball Pitchers of All Time Are…

A web site that has all the answers, Answers.com, has announced who the best knuckleball pitchers are. We find no surprises. These are top guys: Phil Niekro, Tim Wakefield, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dutch Leonard, Wilbur Wood, R.A. Dickey. All are featured in the International Knuckleball Academy’s Knuckleball History. On Dutch Leonard Answers.com: “Leonard was one of the […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm on Verge of (Another) Local Honor

Adding to many other honors (like the commemorative statue pictured, near  Huntersville Athletic Park), famed knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm (1922-2002) may soon get a park named after him in Cornelius, North Carolina. This is the spot where he first played baseball in high school and tried out his knuckleball. The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & […]

New Book: The Knuckleball Club; and the Toronto Blue Jays advance

Courtesy of Richard Johnson, we have a new history of knuckleballer exploits this year in The Knuckleball Club: The Extraordinary Men Who Mastered Baseball’s Most Difficult Pitch. It starts about midway in that long history with the story of a beleaguered player who turned his career around by using the pitch. It was in 1968 that […]

Measuring Russell Martin; What Blue Jays Manager Gibbons Should Maybe Do with Knuckleball Pitcher R. A. Dickey

The extent to which Russell Martin has managed to conquer the knuckleball as a Blue Jays/Dickey catcher in 2015 is not the main topic of eeliott29’s post for BlueBirdBanter (“Russell Martin, worth every last penny”), but neither is it marginal. In 2015, Martin brought the tools that summoned him his lucrative contract and in turn saved the […]