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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

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With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir—haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing ...

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Overview

With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir—haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.

In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.

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Things did not come easily for major league knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. In 1996, the Texas Rangers signed this recent college graduate for $810,000, but then discovered that his arm was missing a ligament and reduced the offer by more than ninety percent. Ten years later, the struggling pitcher decided that his best chance for staying in the majors was to reinvent himself as knuckleballer. In his first start, his new experiment failed historically: He gave up six home runs, tying a modern baseball record. His persistence has paid off: Since the hardcover release of this book, he won Cy Young Award honors for his twenty-game winning seasons with the New York Mets.

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Most professional baseball players pen a memoir after they retire. But pitcher R.A. Dickey-who spent four seasons with four different Major League Baseball teams and is MLB's only active knuckleballer-boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith. A heralded 1996 first-round draft choice, Dickey's $810,000 signing bonus with the Texas Rangers was yanked after doctors discovered the right-handed pitcher was missing an ligament in his right elbow. Thus began a dramatic up-and-down journey through the professional ranks, sustained by Dickey's determination, as evidenced by the book's proverbial Latin epigraph, "Dum spiro, spero"-"While I breath, I hope." He and co-author Coffey (The Boys of Winter) write with startling candor not only about the game-Dickey's fellow players, steroids in baseball, his disdain for rookie hazing-, but also about his tumultuous upbringing-being a victim of sexual abuse as an 8-year-old at the hands of his babysitter, growing up in Nashville with an alcoholic mother, sleeping in vacant houses as a teenager, and becoming a Christian. Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies. Color photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452299016
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 245,162
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays is one of the premier pitchers in baseball.  In 2012 while playing for the New York Mets, he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball’s highest honor for a pitcher.  He has also written for the New York Times and is working on a young adult edition of Wherever I Wind Up and two children’s books. When not on the road with his team, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    I was amazed at the author's ability to overcome his obstacles a

    I was amazed at the author's ability to overcome his obstacles and rise to the heights of his success. The title of this book is Wherever I Wind Up. The author of the book is R.A Dickey. The book is a autobiography on the life of the author R.A. Dickey. The book is the story of the life of the author R.A. Dickey from his birth to the present. He is a professional baseball player who grew up in Nashville Tennessee and has achieved success despite much adversity throughout his entire life. The main theme of the book is that you should overcome adversity no matter what the obstacles or circumstances.
    The beginning of the book is his childhood and upbringing. In the book he says that everyone, including him, will face depressing elements in life and will face many difficult challenges. Overall, I thought that the book was very interesting. I thought that R.A. Dickey did a very good job of telling his life story. He is very descriptive in his stories and very thorough in his story telling, which makes the experience very good. The book talks about what you should do when faced with adversity. He suggests that you should rise above any depths of despair. I felt like the book covered a wide variety of issues. It didn't really leave out any major issues that R.A. Dickey faced in his life. He discussed issues that he faced in his life pretty well. The book was a good experience for me. It mad me root for R.A. Dickey. I wanted him to succeed and overcome his struggles in life. I thought that it was a really good book and a really good reading experience. The book is a good reading experience and an enjoyable book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    must read

    great story

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Baseball fan..Definitely read this!

    One of the most honest and interesting baseball books out there. The ups and downs of Mr. Dickey's baseball career are incidental to the obstacles he had to overcome in his life....Enjoy this book.

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