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Famed Knuckleballer Phil Niekro Dies

Phil Niekro, the hall of fame pitcher known for his brutal knuckleball, passed away December 27th after a long battle with cancer. Niekro bested an entire generation of major league hitters with his crafty knuckleball. Known as “Knucksie” by Atlanta Braves fans, Niekro played for 21 years and won 318 games. He was inducted into […]

Fans to be in the stands for NLCS and World Series; Everyone’s still talking about Frazier’s knuckleball

Major League Baseball o will allow a limited number of fans to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series at Globe Life Field, the home of the Texas Rangers in Arlington. About 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.  0,550 fans spread throughout the ballpark and 950 in suites. ********* Players and […]

Frazier Breaks Out His Knuckleball for Mets; Happy 100th Birthday Roger Angell

New York Mets pitcher Todd Frazier broke out his knuckleball to pitch a perfect ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 19th.  Frazier’s final pitch, a kuckleball, struck out Brave’s slugger Adam Duvall and was a clocked at 55.3 mph, the seventh-slowest strikeout pitch since 2008.  Frazier was acquired by the Mets earlier this […]

Baseball returns next week; Nike scientists invent “knuckleball free” ball (for soccer).

Better late than never.  Major League Baseball is set to return next week after delaying opening day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The abbreviated 60-day season will kick off July 23rd with the New York Yankees facing the current world champion Washington Nationals. The Yankees Gerrit Cole is scheduled to face off against Nats’ […]

Play Ball? MLB Plans for 60 Game Season

Major League Baseball plans to play a sixty game season after months of delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Per CNN: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” league commissioner Rob Manfred said in a news release. “We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to […]

MLB Season Is Delayed Because of Novel Coronavirus; Knuckleballer Jannis Joins Orioles Organization; New Hoyt Wilhelm Web Site

Although spring training had already gotten underway, major league and minor league baseball officials have canceled the training and have delayed the baseball season in order to help to limit the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has now declared to be a full-blown pandemic. (WHO defines a pandemic as “the worldwide spread […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering the Knuckleball in 2018 and 1959

At, Matt Collins reflects on Steven Wright’s 2018, a rough year for the knuckleball pitcher. Wright was late starting the season and then twice got knocked out of play when a knee injury from the previous year flared up. But there was  “some solid pitching in between” the gaps. On the field, Steven Wright […]

Boston Red Sox Enjoy 3-1 Lead Over Los Angeles Dodgers In World Series; UPDATE: Make It 4-1, the Sox Have Won the World Series

On Saturday, October 27, the Boston Red Sox erased a “four-run deficit to win Game 4” of the World Series. Things had looked pretty bad after the sixth inning, with the Dodgers leading 4-0. “One night after playing 18 innings in Game 3,” write Mike Axisa and R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports, “the Red Sox […]