Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 9/20/12
In honor of Knuckleball! the movie coming out, Hall-of-Famer Phil Niekro and 200-game winner Tim Wakefield were out and about prior to today’s game alongside the Mets own R.A. Dickey and were kind enough to answer some of my questions as well as some other Mets bloggers while watching BP with us along the first base side. The interview began with Phil Niekro telling us the fascinating tale of how he began to throw the knuckleball: “My dad was a coal miner back in Ohio, and he would strike out 17, 18, 19 guys and then hurt his arm. On his coal mining team another guy showed him how to throw a knuckleball. So by the time I was old enough to start playing catch in the backyard, he just threw me one and didn’t know what it was –it probably hit me or something– and it just got to the point where we were playing knuckleball in the backyard all the time. Didn’t know what it was, didn’t know there was knuckleball pitchers in the big leagues. But when I started playing with friends, I found out
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