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“It took me a day to learn the knuckleball and a lifetime to learn how to throw it for a strike”This uote by pitcher and coach Charlie Hough is the best way to understand baseball’s most baffling and mysterious pitch Not even the best practitioners of the art of throwing a knuckleball know where it is going most of the time As a pitch that floats and comes into the plate in what appears to be slow motion it is miraculous that those who employ the pitch don’t get creamed all over the park by batters who seem to know that it’s comingIncluding interviews with Hall of Famer Phil Niekro former All Stars Wilbur Wood and Tim Wakefield as well as other famed knuckleballers Lew Freedman Clouds over the Goalpost A Summer to Remember breaks down the history of this infamous pitch which it seems can be traced back to Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Cicotte as well as its effect on baseball as a wholeWith pitcher R A Dickey who rejuvenated his career from castoff to 2011 Cy Young Award winner the knuckleball is still a topic of conversation in the sport and it continues to be one of the many marvels of our national pastimeSkyhorse Publishing as well as our Sports Publishing imprint are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball pro football college football pro and college basketball hockey or soccer we have a book about your sport or your teamWhether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats Louisville Cardinals UCLA Bruins or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home


10 thoughts on “Knuckleball

  1. says:

    I like to read baseball books especially when spring training begins Reading about knuckleball pitchers is a treat I enjoyed learning about Hoyt Wilhelm the Niekro brothers and the other pitchers Good stuff


  2. says:

    I wish I could throw a knuckleball Great subject but the book is to scattered


  3. says:

    If you're a diehard baseball fan chances are that you're fascinated and amused by the knuckleball a slow moving pitch thrown so that it has little to no rotation; which causes it to move unpredictably in the air baffling hitters This book is a history of the pitchers rather few of them who have made a living throwing themThe book has a pretty good grasp of facts the few errors I noticed were trivial and would make a decent enough read for someone in the middle stages of developing their knowledge of baseball history More knowledgeable readers will not find much of interest that they didn't already know and will probably be bothered by the book's lack of depth; it's pretty much a narration of surface facts and gathered uotes To the extent that Freedman attempts to provide any insight it's laughable; when he writes for instance The key to Wilhelm's success was that he hardly ever gave up any runs well let's just say that a savvy baseball writer would never have written that sentence Roughly every other page he repeats the observation that even the pitchers throwing the knuckleball don't understand the pitch and have no idea where it's going to go; largely because he doesn't have anything else to sayFreuent repetitions sentences which seem to be missing important words sentences which seem to not belong in the paragraphs they were dropped into in general this book gives an amateurish impression both in the writing and editing Bottom line this is a bad baseball book almost saved by its fascinating subject matter


  4. says:

    I consider myself a serious baseball fan The knuckleball is a fascinating pitch worthy of a book's worth of discussionI did learn some interesting things such as the fact that most successful knuckleballers learned the pitch as a youngster rather than trying to learn it cold when they're in their 30s with a dying careerFreedman's narrative got repetitive and boring But my biggest complaint is that Freedman uses antiuated statistics to discuss the successes and failures of pitchers He almost exclusively relied on W L records and ERAs While ERA is not bad relying on W L records is a complete joke There were numerous times that in the interest of space Freedman would mention a pitcher's performance in a particular season by simply giving his W L record which is beyond a jokeA good idea poorly executed


  5. says:

    I had to put this book down Mostly because it was repetitive and the author didn't know how to maintain a consistent narrative The author tries to wow the reader with impressive statistics but that does not make a good read He keeps referring to Phil Neikro as the guy who is on speed dial for emergencies Good concept but I have a feeling this book was never proofread and just sent straight to the publisher


  6. says:

    Pretty good I like that each chapter was about a different pitcher made it easy to pick up


  7. says:

    If I wasn't a diehard baseball fan this would get a 2 I would not recommend reading unless you are also a diehard baseball fan


  8. says:

    Review of the history of pitchers throwing the knuckleball in MLB; with particulate HOFers Hoyt Wilhelm and Phil Neikro


  9. says:

    Very interesting chronicle of the pitch and the men who threw it for a living For a long time fan there is nothing brand new but it is still fun to read about all of these pitchers in one place


  10. says:

    It's a book about the knuckleball Not much to say It was ok but not a favorite of mine