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Knuckleballer Dickey to Stay with Blue Jays; Wisdom of Using Martin to Catch Knuckleball Questioned

Last week we passed along the credible-sounding MLBTradeRumor that the Toronto Blue Jays, who almost made it to the World Series this year, planned to exercise their option to keep on R.A. Dickey for another season. The plan has been executed. As reported by Keegan Matheson at, the Jays are “picking up the 2016 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Messed Around with the Knuckleball for Years, and Now…

If you’re a pro knuckleballer who didn’t start out as one, you probably switched to the pitch after reckoning you had no other way to ascend to the next level of play. We’re not sure a full-time knuckleball has to be a pitch “borne of desperation.” (David Lennon’s words, recorded in the documentary “Knuckleball!”) But […]

Knuckleballer Ted Lyons (1900-1986)

Chicago White Sox pitcher Ted Lyons is the fifth knuckleballer mentioned in IKA’s Knuckleball History, where we observe that his knuckleball “gave him the durability and stamina he needed to throw an impressive 356 complete games. With 260 wins and 4,161 innings pitched, Lyons was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.” His […]

A Good Knuckleball Is Hard to Hit

The Detroit Free Press offers an imprecise statement about the trouble a batter may have connecting his bat to a knuckleball. According to the Press’s June 4 story, “Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey hopeful his knuckleball will miss Miguel Cabrera’s bat,” a good knuckleball “can be a tough pitch to hit if you don’t see it […]