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Knuckleball Pitcher and Memoirist Jim Bouton Dies; Knuckleball As Pattern Disrupter

Former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton, a knuckleballer and the author of Ball Four—a best-selling and controversial account of his life in baseball—died on July 10 at the age of 80. He had suffered a stroke in 2012. The Washington Post’s Matt Schudel reports: Mr. Bouton (pronounced BOUT-un) was a hard-throwing right-hander who won 21 games […]

The General Manager’s Undiscovered Secret Weapon: the Knuckleball Pitcher

Knuckleball pitchers are undervalued—even though, once mastered, the knuckleball is devastatingly effective. In part because they are undervalued, knuckleball pitchers are rare. Few teams make the effort to cultivate them. A reliable knuckleballer is clearly an artist. But there is prejudice against the pitch at every level of baseball. The very existence of the knuckleball […]

May the Force Be with the Knuckleball and Minor-League Position Players Who Excel on the Mound with It

Last month, outfielder Blake Gailen with the Oklahoma City Dodgers displayed his knuckleball from the mound. The Oklahoman tells the tale in its April 15 story: It was supposed to be a last-ditch effort to survive the night. An inning, maybe two. It turned out to be so much more…. On a night where the […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Again Knocked Out of Play; K.P. Wee Still Doesn’t Blame Knuckleballers

Steven Wright seems to be afflicted with the tribulations of Job. Well, nobody has it tougher than Job did. But Wright keeps getting knocked out of play just as he is getting in gear. It wasn’t easy for him to get into the MLB to begin with. Patience, persistence and the knuckleball enabled him to […]

Jannis on How He and His Knuckleball Got from There to Here; PLUS: the Benefits of Being Yourself

Persistent knuckleball pitcher Mickey Jannis has published a few more installments of “A Knuckleballer’s Journey” at MetsMerizedOnline. There are four in the series now. In order: Part 1, published January 8. My dad, Nick Jannis, was a baseball coach, and almost from the day I was born he introduced me to America’s pastime…. My college […]

Knuckleballer and Dodger Charlie Hough Speaks; PLUS: Finding Your Slow and Gnarly Knuckleball

Jon Weisman, author of Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition, has published his interview with former Dodger Charlie Hough in the December 16 installment of the Word to the Weisman podcast. The half-hour interview includes much information that Weisman wasn’t able to use in the book. Hough was an active player from […]

As Red Sox Advance, Sox Manager Cora Ponders How Best to Use Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright

“One of the goals for Red Sox manager Alex Cora this coming week will be to bring Steven Wright out of the bullpen with runners on base to see how he responds,” reports Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Cora (pictured with Wright) wants to try it before October. The knuckleballer has thrown 10 scoreless […]

In Scoreless Ninth, Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Picks Up Save Against Mets

A Rotoworld item notes Steven Wright’s performance in the Sox’s September 16 game against the New York Mets. The knuckleball pitcher pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save against the Mets on Sunday. Wright walked one and struck out one… Wright was able to get his work in and also pick up […]

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 […]

Graser Used to Just Fool Around with the Knuckleball, but Now…

Here’s another up-and-coming young knuckleballer reported to be a skilled practitioner of the wobbly art: Matt Graser of the Badlands Big Sticks. About a game played in early July, by Shelby Reardon in the Dickinson Press, Reardon writes: Once again, Matt Graser did his thing. The Badlands Big Sticks pitcher relied heavily on his knuckleball, […]