Why We Started

Program Director Chris Nowlin training with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro

Program Director Chris Nowlin (right) training with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro

We started the International Knuckleball Academy to dispel widely held misconceptions, to make the knuckleball a part of the mainstream, to change the game of baseball. The knuckleball, after all, is a teachable skill. It can be a key that unlocks the door to professional baseball for anyone willing to commit to the craft. I get excited at the prospect of seeing a knuckleballer in every MLB organization in the country.

The knuckleball is something I have committed my life to, and developing it has been a grind. Now I can share my knowledge and help others master it faster than I did. Together, we can hasten an exceptional knuckleballer’s entry into the pro ranks; we can create an army of skilled knuckleball pitchers; we can tear down the bias against the knuckleball. We can change the game of baseball.

It’s long been my dream to share my passion─to teach young and thirsty knuckleballers. I got lucky. When I was young, 24-year MLB veteran Charlie Hough took me under his wing and taught me everything there was to know about the pitch. That set me on a path to professional baseball. Now I want to do the same for others at the International Knuckleball Academy. I want to do it for you.

Chris Nowlin

 

 

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