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World Series: With Knuckleballer Wright Waiting in Wings, Boston Red Sox Face Los Angeles Dodgers

The first game of the World Series will be played on October 23 at 8:09 PM EST—and the Red Sox are in it, opposing the Los Angeles Dodgers after having bested the Houston Astros four games to one. The clincher against the Astros was played last Thursday, and much credit goes to “unlikely hero David […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright: “Most Crucial Postseason Weapon”?

CLNS Media Network’s Nick Quaglia discusses the prospective postseason role of Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, whom Quaglia believes to be the “Most Crucial Postseason Weapon” of the Sox. Despite the team’s success, some people have been worried about the bullpen. One question: who can best fill the gap between starter and closer? Quaglia […]

Wright on Road to Recovery; Is “Knuckleball” the Right Word?

On June 26, knuckleballer Steven Wright was returned to the disabled list because of his knee (subjected to surgery last year). But he has been upbeat about the problem. “I mean, it’s frustrating because you want to go out there and compete,” ESPN quoted him. “But when I had the surgery, they kind of told […]

Program Director Chris Nowlin training with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro

Chris Nowlin to Join Cleburne Railroaders; PLUS: Throwing the Power Knuckleball

IKA’s own Chris Nowlin has some good news. Posting on April 18, he announced: I’ve just finalized my contract for the 2018 season with the Cleburne Railroaders in the American Association. Cleburne is a suburb of Fort Worth and is in the southwest portion of the Greater Dallas Area. And it’s a great fit for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Braves, and Niekro, Anticipate a Season with R. A. Dickey Knuckleball

Veteran knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro—one of the few former pro baseball pitchers able to share firsthand insights about throwing the knuckleball with the few current pro knuckleball pitchers—is especially satisfied by the news that R.A. Dickey has joined the Atlanta Braves. Steve Hummer of the Tribune News Service reports: “It’s kind of special for me. […]

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 R.A. Dickey Pursues a Braves Course; PLUS: Will Ohka Make His Way Back to the Big Leagues?

No, despite a Blue Jay manager’s tantalizing and maybe even a tad patronizing public suggestion that their knuckleballer might not be left off of the team’s 2017 roster after all (“We’re open to R.A. Dickey, even”), Dickey is not returning to the Toronto Blue Jays. And no, despite his own retrospective musing about the ups […]

Rays of Hope for Knuckleballers like Eddie Gamboa, Etc.

The big news has been that Eddie Gamboa, who signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in January of this year, early this month got promoted to the MLB. The Baltimore Sun reports: Former Orioles farmhand Eddie Gamboa, who extended his career—and his dream of making the majors—by becoming a knuckleball pitcher, […]