Last week I finally got around to seeing “Knuckleball” - the documentary telling the tale of baseball’s knuckleball pitchers: R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Phil Niekro and Charlie Hough (along with a few others).
The common thread among all those pitchers was that the knuckeball became their primary weapon, but the film is more about each pitcher’s unique journey through the Major Leagues.
Here are just a few notes pertaining to R.A. Dickey from the film:
- Dickey had 14 one year non-guaranteed contracts in his career.
- His family moved 37 times in 15 years.
- Dickey made just $1800 dollars a month in some cases.
- One year during winter ball, he had to sleep in the car he was renting in order to save money.
- R.A. was the first man cut from Mets Spring Training in 2010.
- He threw a complete game one-hit shoutout for the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets Triple A affiliate. After giving up a leadoff single, Dickey retired the next 27 batters in a row. Following that game, Dickey was called up by the Mets.
- Josh Thole said the first three knuckleballs he caught from R.A. Dickey hit him square in the chest protector.
- R.A. Dickey noted that the player who owned him was former Blue Jay and Met, Carlos Delgado.
- The best description Dickey gave about the knuckleball was this … “once it leaves your hand, it’s up to the world what it’s going to do.”