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Knuckler: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch

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Publisher Comments:

Tim Wakefield is an enigma. At forty-four years old, he is the longest-serving member of one of baseballs most popular franchises. He has pitched more games than any other player in Red Sox history. And he is close to eclipsing the winning records of two of the greatest pitchers ever to have played the game. Yet few realize the full measure of his success. In fact, that his career can be characterized by such words as longevity and consistency defies all odds, because he has achieved all of this with the games most mercurial weapon—the knuckleball. Knuckler is the story of how a struggling position player risked his future on a fickle pitch that would eventually define his career. The pitch may drive hitters crazy, but how does the pitcher stay sane? The moment Wakefield adopts the knuckleball, his career seeks to answer that question. Early on, he enjoys a meteoric rise, but just as quickly he falters. Wakefield then joins the Red Sox, playing in the shadow of Roger Clemens and then of Pedro Martinez. He consistently wins games and gives his team the innings it needs, yet disaster almost always looms. In 2003, he gives up a crushing home run in one of the most ignominious postseason losses in history, only to bounce back to help the Sox win it all the following year. Wakefield not only keeps his head, he becomes one of the most admired and respected players in the game. A remarkable story of one players success in spite of being the exception to every rule, Knuckler is also a lively and entertaining meditation on the dancing pitch, its history, its mechanics, its mystique, and the inevitable ironies it brings to bear.

Review:

"The unpredictable knuckleball pitch shares the spotlight with the Boston Red Sox pitcher Wakefield in this book on one of the most enduring, determined hurlers in pro ball. Following a smart foreword by Phil Niekro, one of the master knucklers, Wakefield, a Red Sox pitcher since 1995 and winner of two World Series, explains how an immature Florida boy who struggled to make any team developed into an ace with a knuckleball that 'floats in slow motion,' giving batters fits. He credits those who went before him, such as Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil and Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, and Wilbur Wood, with setting the standard that enabled him to record more outs than any previous Red Sox pitcher. The book, with able support by sports columnist Massarotti, depicts Wakefield as a 'really decent person' on and off the field, but it reveals occasional blowups in the dugout with coaches and players, and the difficult times with a madcap prima donna like Manny Ramirez. Competent and entertaining, Wakefield's book is one to savor, especially for the stat-obsessed baseball fan and the novice pitcher in search of a knuckleball to call his own. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The story of one of baseball's most unlikely successes-- a knuckleball pitcher who has outlived, outmatched, and outsmarted the dancing pitch

Synopsis:

The incredible story of one of baseball's rarest and most resilient performers, and of the confounding pitch that would change his life and define his career.

Synopsis:

and#8220;A terrific book about one of baseballand#8217;s most underrated pitchers, not to mention baseballand#8217;s most misunderstood pitch.and#8221; and#8211; Stephen King

Tim Wakefield is an enigma. At forty-four years old, he is the longest-serving member of one of baseballand#8217;s most popular franchises. He has pitched more games than any other player in Red Sox history, and in 2011 he reached the milestone of 200 career victories. Yet few realize the full measure of his success. In fact, that his career can be characterized by such words as longevity and consistency defies all odds, because he has achieved all of this with the gameand#8217;s most mercurial weaponand#8212;the knuckleball.

Knuckler is the story of how a struggling position player risked his future on a fickle pitch that would eventually define his career, making him one of the most respected players in the game. It is also a lively and entertaining meditation on the dancing pitch, its history, its mechanics, its mystique, and the inevitable ironies it brings to bear.

and#8220;This book is about resiliency, diligence, and the tunnel vision required to live by what appears to be the most fanciful pitch thrown by man.and#8221; and#8211; Peter Gammons, MLB analyst

and#8220;Knuckler gives readers a rare glimpse of the man behind the baseball and his remarkable work on and off the field.and#8221; and#8211; Carlton Fisk, Hall of Fame catcher

Synopsis:

Tim Wakefield is an enigma. At 43 years old, he is the longest serving member of one of the worlds most popular franchises. He is ever so close to eclipsing the winning records of two of the greatest pitchers to have ever played the game, and yet few realize the full measure of his success. That his career can even be characterized by such words as dependability and consistency defies all odds because he has achieved this with the games most mystifying and mercurial weaponthe knuckleball. Knuckler is the story of how a struggling positional player chanced his future on a fickle pitch that would eventually define his career. With the knuckleball new to his arsenal Wakefield goes from also ran to shining star with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and just as quickly falls back to earth. When he lands with the Red Sox, Wakefield begins to master the whims of his pitch until in 2003 he has the ball for one of the most ignominious post-season losses in history. All is righted when the Sox prevail in the 2004 World Series and come to know the heady days of winning championships. And even now, as Wakefield battles an aging athletes body to try to become the winningest pitcher to have ever played for the Boston Red Sox, we see the twists and turns of a major league career pushed to their ultimate extreme.  A remarkable story of one players success in spite of being the exception to every single rule, Knuckler is also a lively meditation on the dancing pitch, its history, its mystique and all the inevitable ironies it brings to bear.

About the Author

TIM WAKEFIELD has pitched for the Red Sox since 1995 and has won two World Series. Noted for his charitable contributions off the field, he has been nominatedandnbsp;seven times for the Roberto Clemente Award.

TONY MASSAROTTI is a nationally recognized sports columnist and the author of the New York Times Bestseller Big Papi (with David Ortiz).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547517698
Subtitle:
My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch
Author:
Wakefield, Tim
Contribution by:
Massarotti, Tony
Author:
Massarotti, Tony
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Tim Wakefield;pitcher;pitch;Red Sox;Boston;knuckleball;sports;athlete;history;me
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120306
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp b/w insert
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The unpredictable knuckleball pitch shares the spotlight with the Boston Red Sox pitcher Wakefield in this book on one of the most enduring, determined hurlers in pro ball. Following a smart foreword by Phil Niekro, one of the master knucklers, Wakefield, a Red Sox pitcher since 1995 and winner of two World Series, explains how an immature Florida boy who struggled to make any team developed into an ace with a knuckleball that 'floats in slow motion,' giving batters fits. He credits those who went before him, such as Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil and Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, and Wilbur Wood, with setting the standard that enabled him to record more outs than any previous Red Sox pitcher. The book, with able support by sports columnist Massarotti, depicts Wakefield as a 'really decent person' on and off the field, but it reveals occasional blowups in the dugout with coaches and players, and the difficult times with a madcap prima donna like Manny Ramirez. Competent and entertaining, Wakefield's book is one to savor, especially for the stat-obsessed baseball fan and the novice pitcher in search of a knuckleball to call his own. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The story of one of baseball's most unlikely successes-- a knuckleball pitcher who has outlived, outmatched, and outsmarted the dancing pitch
"Synopsis" by , The incredible story of one of baseball's rarest and most resilient performers, and of the confounding pitch that would change his life and define his career.
"Synopsis" by , and#8220;A terrific book about one of baseballand#8217;s most underrated pitchers, not to mention baseballand#8217;s most misunderstood pitch.and#8221; and#8211; Stephen King

Tim Wakefield is an enigma. At forty-four years old, he is the longest-serving member of one of baseballand#8217;s most popular franchises. He has pitched more games than any other player in Red Sox history, and in 2011 he reached the milestone of 200 career victories. Yet few realize the full measure of his success. In fact, that his career can be characterized by such words as longevity and consistency defies all odds, because he has achieved all of this with the gameand#8217;s most mercurial weaponand#8212;the knuckleball.

Knuckler is the story of how a struggling position player risked his future on a fickle pitch that would eventually define his career, making him one of the most respected players in the game. It is also a lively and entertaining meditation on the dancing pitch, its history, its mechanics, its mystique, and the inevitable ironies it brings to bear.

and#8220;This book is about resiliency, diligence, and the tunnel vision required to live by what appears to be the most fanciful pitch thrown by man.and#8221; and#8211; Peter Gammons, MLB analyst

and#8220;Knuckler gives readers a rare glimpse of the man behind the baseball and his remarkable work on and off the field.and#8221; and#8211; Carlton Fisk, Hall of Fame catcher

"Synopsis" by ,
Tim Wakefield is an enigma. At 43 years old, he is the longest serving member of one of the worlds most popular franchises. He is ever so close to eclipsing the winning records of two of the greatest pitchers to have ever played the game, and yet few realize the full measure of his success. That his career can even be characterized by such words as dependability and consistency defies all odds because he has achieved this with the games most mystifying and mercurial weaponthe knuckleball. Knuckler is the story of how a struggling positional player chanced his future on a fickle pitch that would eventually define his career. With the knuckleball new to his arsenal Wakefield goes from also ran to shining star with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and just as quickly falls back to earth. When he lands with the Red Sox, Wakefield begins to master the whims of his pitch until in 2003 he has the ball for one of the most ignominious post-season losses in history. All is righted when the Sox prevail in the 2004 World Series and come to know the heady days of winning championships. And even now, as Wakefield battles an aging athletes body to try to become the winningest pitcher to have ever played for the Boston Red Sox, we see the twists and turns of a major league career pushed to their ultimate extreme.  A remarkable story of one players success in spite of being the exception to every single rule, Knuckler is also a lively meditation on the dancing pitch, its history, its mystique and all the inevitable ironies it brings to bear.
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