He was traded in the off-season to the Washington Senators, who were building an entire rotation of knuckleballers
in their quest to capture the American League pennant.
Those who do, however, are knuckleballers
like Dickey, so it will be interesting to see if he can continue to dip into the Charlie Hough and Phil Niekro Memorial Well of Immortality.
As if taking comfy seats in the stands, and a break from their issue-oriented docu work, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg zero in on the mildly compelling personalities of knuckleballers
Tim Wakefield (now retired) and R.A.
To the Editor: In the article by Steven Kerno on the mechanics of a pitched baseball, the author has omitted a key element: all pitchers, except knuckleballers
, release the ball with a great deal of spin.
such as Hoyt Wilhelm and Phil Niekro pitched into their late 40s and beyond, because the pitch doesn't place great strain on the pitchers' arm.
, we really have only ourselves to rely on," said Niekro, the Hall of Fame pitcher with 318 wins.
Where would 225 wins leave Wakefield among knuckleballers
If he sticks around for another year or two - knuckleballers
have a history of pitching well into their 40s - he could finish his career with the most wins in a Boston uniform.
have the ability to throw a lot of pitches, work on far less rest and, in short, save a staff.
"That's the biggest misconception," Francona said, referring to the conventional wisdom that knuckleballers
can pitch almost infinitely.
One of the early knuckleballers
, Fitzsimmons was traded to Brooklyn during the 1937 season.
Now he faces a brighter future, one that fans assume is natural for knuckleballers
- pitching well into his 40s.