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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 […]

Your Knuckleball May Add Years to Your Career

An effective knuckleball can both revive the career of a struggling baseball player and make it way more durable. The best knuckleball players have easily outdone most of their colleagues in the career-longevity department. For examples: Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, Tim Wakefield. Or Hoyt Wilhelm, our subject last week, […]

With Dickey About to Turn 40, Steven Wright, 30, Is “Just Warming Up”; Kind of Like That 19-Inning Sox-Yankees Game on Friday-Saturday

ESPN Red Sox Report’s Gordon Edes (“Knuckleballer Wright could play key role”) does the math re ratio of wins at 30 to total career wins (or career-so-far wins) for celebrated Phi Beta Knucklers. At 30, they’re just warming up. “I was 28, going on 29, when I first got here,” said Tim Wakefield, the most […]

Okay, Which One of You Guys Invented the Knuckleball?

We continue with our countdown commentary, complete with PTQ (probable truth quotient) scores, on Kean Doherty’s “10 Facts About the Knuckleball.” (The first part discussed the knuckleball’s rotation, why knuckleballers suffer less wear-and-tear of arm and shoulder, and what the knuckleball does in flight.) 7. “The Knuckleball Is No One Guy’s Invention.” Every major invention gets […]