Knuckleball: The History of the Unhittable Pitch

Knuckleball: The History of the Unhittable Pitch

by Lew Freedman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613217665
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,325,096
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lew Freedman is the author of nearly 60 books on sports, including Clouds over the Goalpost and A Summer to Remember, and is the winner of more than 250 journalism awards. A veteran sportswriter, Freedman was formerly a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other papers, and lives in Columbus, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Where Did the Knuckler Come From? 8

Chapter 2 Who's Who in the Knuckleball World 20

Chapter 3 A Pitcher Could Make the Hall of Fame without Knuckling Under 31

Chapter 4 Those Wild and Crazy Washington Senators 41

Chapter 5 The One-Year Wonder 53

Chapter 6 Hoyt Wilhelm: The Legend Begins 65

Chapter 7 Bob Purkey and Barney Schultz 76

Chapter 8 Hoyt Wilhelm: The Legend Continues 87

Chapter 9 Catchers and Crazies 97

Chapter 10 Eddie Fisher and Friends 109

Chapter 11 Wilbur Wood: The Early Years 121

Chapter 12 Phil Niekro: Another Knuckleball Methuselah 131

Chapter 13 Joe Niekro: Little Brother Makes Good 142

Chapter 14 Wilbur Wood Emerges 154

Chapter 15 Charlie Hough 167

Chapter 16 Phil Niekro II: Not Just Another Knuckle Guy 180

Chapter 17 Jim Bouton Makes a Comeback 191

Chapter 18 Tom Candiotti 205

Chapter 19 Steve Sparks 216

Chapter 20 Knuckleball Hopefuls and the Knuckleball World 225

Chapter 21 Tim Wakefield 240

Chapter 22 R. A. Dickey 259

Chapter 23 Knuckleballers Never Die 273

Sources 287

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