Originally written on Football Extra Points  |  Last updated 11/14/14
I have to admit that until I watched the documentary  Knuckleball!  I never gave the pitch much thought. Beyond its reputation as an oddity in a pitcher’s arsenal the controversial throw has infuriated batters for decades. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg painted an informative picture about the oft times confounding and highly enigmatic pitch.  2011 saw the last two knuckleballers in Major League Baseball, Boston’s Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. They along with four surviving knuckleballers offered their stories and insights on one of the most difficult pitches to hit (and pitch) in baseball. Doing research on this pitch I uncovered an online gem by University of Illinois Professor Alan M Nathan called The Physics of Baseball. Among other baseball related studies Professor Nathan began serious research on the knuckleball in 2011. When asked if he considers the knuckleball the most difficult pitch to hit he responded quite scientifically, “T...
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