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 Memories: Gene Bearden, Phil Niekro, Hoyt Wilhelm

OnlyInArk is publishing a four-part series on Arkansan ball players who became MLB pitching stars in the 1940s, and on January 2 the second to be featured was knuckleball pitcher Gene Bearden, “World Series Hero” as a Cleveland Indian in 1948. Like many knuckleballers, Bearden didn’t start out as a knuckleballer. Although he was not […]

Knuckleballer Wright Is Out in 2020, But Not Down; Wilbur Wood Remembers; Tim Wakefield’s Flameout With the Pittsburgh Pirates

It doesn’t look as if Steven Wright will have a chance to use his signature pitch during the 2020 season. In a lengthy article about Wright and prospects for the knuckleball, the Los Angeles Daily News reports: The most intriguing free agent in baseball isn’t being discussed on sports talk radio. You won’t read his […]

Washington Nationals, Who Gave J.D. Martin a Chance to Be a Knuckleball Pitcher, Win World Series

Last Wednesday, on October 30, the Washington Nationals won the World Series by defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7. But the home run that helped win the World Series—”The one that gave the Nationals the lead in Game 7 of their eventual 6-2 win over the Astros”—wasn’t “the greatest moment” of Howie Kendrick’s […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Jannis Is #6 on a Top-11 List; Steven Wright Is Released by Red Sox

Number Six on Steve Sypa’s list of 11 best Mets minor league pitchers this year is Mickey Jannis, the knuckleballer who recently improved his game with the help of a special camera to examine his pitching mechanics. Sypa stresses that he hasn’t seen every game and every pitcher who played in the Mets organization during […]