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  Knuckleball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the absence of this rotation, the ball's trajectory is significantly affected by variations in airflow caused by differences between the smooth surface of the ball and the stitching of its seams.
Cicotte was widely reported to throw both the knuckleball and a variant on the spitball known as a "shine ball" (because he would "shine" one side of a dirty ball by rubbing it on his uniform).
When originally developed, the knuckleball was used by a number of pitchers as simply one pitch in their repertoire, usually as part of changing speeds from their fastball.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Knuckleball   (1700 words)

  
 Wikipedia: Knuckleball
A knuckleball is a baseball pitch thrown with the fingernails against the seams of the baseball so as to minimize backspin.
Two knuckleball pitchers are in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Hoyt Wilhelm and Phil Niekro.
The knuckleball does not need to be thrown hard (throwing too hard may diminish its effectiveness), and is therefore less taxing an the arm.
www.factbook.org /wikipedia/en/k/kn/knuckleball.html   (273 words)

  
 K-101
A knuckleball is simply a ball thrown with little rotation, with one or more fingers curled so as to grip with the knuckles, fingertips, or sides of the fingers.
Knuckleball pitchers always say, "This is how I throw it" not "This is how you should throw it".
I've said that the knuckleball is not a single pitch, but an assortment of pitches, or a class of pitches, like the fastball class.
www.oddball-mall.com /knuckleball/k101.htm   (2051 words)

  
 What is a Knuckleball?
A knuckleball is a type of pitch thrown by a pitcher where the ball does not rotate as it moves towards home plate.
Since the knuckleball is subject to last second movements, pitchers are frequently unable to control its placement.
To throw a knuckleball, the pitcher will grip the seams with the index finger and forefinger with a claw-like grip, making sure he digs his nails into the seams.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-a-knuckleball.htm   (432 words)

  
 Aerodynamics in Sports Equipment, Recreation and Machines - Knuckleball - Instructor
Some believe that a knuckleball thrown without any spin will be at the mercy of any passing breeze.
Researchers have learned that a slight change in the orientation of the ball with respect to the flow of air results in dramatic changes in the forces acting on the ball.
As previously mentioned, the knuckleball is very difficult for a pitcher to learn much less control.
wings.avkids.com /Book/Sports/instructor/knuckleball-01.html   (473 words)

  
 Aerodynamics in Sports Equipment, Recreation and Machines - Knuckleball - Advanced
The knuckleball is the most difficult pitch to master.
The knuckleball is thrown with no spin and at a slower speed.
The knuckleball is very difficult for a pitcher to learn, much less control.
wings.avkids.com /Book/Sports/advanced/knuckleball-01.html   (462 words)

  
 The New Yorker: PRINTABLES
Which is doubly confusing, because the term “knuckleball” is itself a kind of misnomer, a holdover from the pitch’s largely forgotten infancy.
When the knuckleball is dancing with particular verve and inspiration, as Wakefield’s did (pre-Boone) against the Yankees last fall, batters and their fans tend to argue, only half in jest, that it is unfair—unhittable, even.
Knuckleball pitchers are not just a rare but also a close-knit breed—the Fraternal Order of Knuckleheads, bound by their shared experiences of alienation and finger cramps.
www.newyorker.com /printables/fact/040517fa_fact1   (4739 words)

  
 The knuckleball: a lost weapon among pitchers Baseball Digest - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Pitchers who successfully throw a knuckleball often have turned to the pitch with a last-chance, fading-hopes mind-set, having realized their stuff is short and their dream of pitching in the majors is about to be derailed.
The alternative to converting a marginal pitcher already in the organization into a knuckleballer is to try and sign a pitcher with experience throwing that pitch.
As challenging as it is to consistently throw a pitch for strikes that doesn't spin, the task becomes more daunting at mile-high altitude, where the air is thinner.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0FCI/is_10_64/ai_n15784091   (464 words)

  
 Zink shows his mettle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Charlie Zink is living the life of a knuckleball pitcher: sometimes feeling it, sometimes not.
The "it" is the knuckleball, a pitch Zink seemingly mastered when he finished his 2003 season with the Sea Dogs.
Charlie Hough, a retired knuckleball pitcher, was in the Red Sox camp recently, revisiting with Wakefield and talking to Zink.
sports.mainetoday.com /seadogs/stories/050331zink1.shtml   (701 words)

  
 The knuckleball
Probably the most entertaining pitch in baseball is the so-called ``knuckleball.'' Unlike the other types of pitch we have encountered, knuckleballs are low speed pitches (typically, 65mph) in which the ball is purposely thrown with as little spin as possible.
It turns out that knuckleballs are hard to hit because they have unstable trajectories which shift from side to side in a highly unpredictable manner.
For this reason, knuckleballs are extremely unpredictable--neither the pitcher, the hitter, nor the catcher can be really sure where one of these pitches is going to end up.
farside.ph.utexas.edu /teaching/329/lectures/node45.html   (669 words)

  
 Knuckleball Physics In Street Language
The action of the knuckleball, however, takes into account the fact that some stitches are moving towards the flow of air in front, and others are moving away, at a very slow speed.
This explains the drop of a knuckleball (and similarly, the forkball or split-finger fastball).
It's known by wind tunnel tests that only a small rotation of a knuckleball can produce a huge change in this wake, so practiced knuckleball pitchers who can keep the spin off experiment with different orientations of the ball in their hands to produce the ideal action for them personally.
www.oddball-mall.com /knuckleball/mego.htm   (1450 words)

  
 How do you throw a knuckleball??? - All About Pitching with Dick Mills
It can work as a nice off-speed pitch, an alternative to the circle change up, and when the weather is cold, and your pitcher is having a hard time gripping the change up, it works well then too.
The only way the knuckleball would be a breaking pitch, is if you turned it in to a knuckle curve, or a knuckle screw or whatever.
A Knuckleball is a very safe pitch to throw.
www.pitching.com /forums/showthread.php?p=70014   (883 words)

  
 Features | Knuckling over   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
One of his beers, the Knuckleball Bock, is now served in the brand-new sports bar Game On (nice name!), which is actually housed in the basement of Fenway Park.
The Knuckleball has flavor aplenty, like most bocks, and a beautiful amber hue, but finishes crisp and clean, and is drinkable enough to be dangerous.
He first started brewing the Knuckleball Bock as an attempt at an Octoberfest, but then it came out not quite as dark as they’d hoped, and the flavor just lent itself to a Bock kind of description.
www.portlandphoenix.com /features/sporting_eye/documents/04703149.asp   (809 words)

  
 Knuckleball - OOTP Developments Forums
This is generally true of every knuckleball pitcher in the bigs.
I am sure its easy to make contact on a knuckleball than it is on a 100 mph fastball.
Knuckleball is so hard to master that you have to throw it a lot to keep sharp, and when you are sharp, there is no reason for you to throw any other pitches.
www.ootpdevelopments.com /board/showthread.php?t=51893   (696 words)

  
 Chron.com | Sparks using knuckleball to try to latch on with Astros
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. - As one of the few remaining knuckleball pitchers in the major leagues, Steve Sparks is part of a dying breed in an era that's become infatuated with strikeout totals and radar guns.
He would throw the knuckleball 30 percent of the time the first year, 50 percent the second year and 70 percent the third year.
Hitting a knuckleball has been likened to eating soup with a fork (by Richie Hebner) and catching a butterfly with tweezers (by Tim McCarver).
www.chron.com /disp/story.mpl/sports/3708336.html   (1634 words)

  
 Who is the best knuckleball pitcher of all time - Baseball Fever
The father of the modern knuckleball, Rommel used it to win 19 games as a starter and another 8 in relief for the 1922 Athletics to lead the AL with 27 wins.
In addition to athletic ability, membership is also to be measured agaist integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team.Help elect Eddie Basinski into the Polish Hall of Fame.
Yeah.....but Bouton didn't attempt to develop his knuckleball until he was pretty much washed up - and it never really was all that good.
www.baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?t=31900   (1480 words)

  
 All About Baseball
Some pitchers are able to throw a fastball at a velocity of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).
Other common types of pitches are the curveball, slider, changeup, forkball, and knuckleball.
These generally are intended to have unusual movement or deceive the batter as to the rotation or velocity of the ball, making it more difficult to hit.
www.creativebaseball.com /all-about-baseball.htm   (3924 words)

  
 Aeros put finger on knuckleball   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Portland knuckleballer Charlie Zink gets roughed up, and the Sea Dogs fall to Akron, 8-1.
With Portland knuckleball pitcher Charlie Zink, you never know what you are going to get.
Like many pitchers at this level, he's looking for consistency and, with a knuckleball, that can be challenging.
sports.mainetoday.com /seadogs/stories/050716seadogs.shtml   (584 words)

  
 Just discovered I had a knuckleball - Baseball Fever
And with the knuckleball the catcher's just going to have a hard time.
Saying your knuckleball is your 'A' pitch is retarded.
A knuckleball is essentially useless at your age.
www.baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?t=34200   (1249 words)

  
 Knuckleball at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Active knuckleball pitchers as of 2003 include Tim Wakefield,Steve Sparks and the Boston Red Sox minor league prospect Charlie Zink.
During the 1945 season, with talent depleted by call-ups to fight in World War 2, the Washington Senators had a pitching rotation which included four knuckleball pitchers (Dutch Leonard, Johnny Niggeling, Mickey "Itsy Bitsy" Haefner and Roger Wolff) who combined for 60 complete games and 60 wins, carrying the Senators to second place.
Soccer fans of a certain vintage will remember the Frido.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Knuckleball.html   (376 words)

  
 Mike Epstein Hitting Support Forum - Hitting the knuckleball   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
I usually look for something fast and let the knuckleball go by, but when I get behind in the count with two strikes, I have no chance.
I struck out twice tonight on knuckleballs with good mechanics and a good swing, but no contact.
The major league “rule of thumb” for hitting knuckleball pitchers is, “If it’s low, let it go.
www.mikeepsteinhitting.com /dcforum/DCForumID2/2834.html   (531 words)

  
 Hentrich has control of his knuckleball - Friday, 01/02/04   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Craig Hentrich now admits it was an accident, that his one-of-a-kind, signature, knuckleball punt was equal parts desperation and discovery.
Early in his career, Hentrich had trouble pinning opponents deep in their own territory.
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tennessean.com /sports/titans/archives/04/01/44983352.shtml?...   (590 words)

  
 Rick Tuma Sports Images: Knuckleball
I broke the sequence into five steps and set up each with a model in order to have instant camera shots to draw from.
The graphic also added historical elements through the use of stats of other notable knuckleballers.
To view an animated gif of the knuckleball being thrown, click here.
www.ricktuma.com /knuckbl.html   (119 words)

  
 How to Throw a Knuckleball - eHow.com
Your feet should be parallel at the end of the pitch, and your throwing arm should come across the front of your body.
An effective knuckleball moves in two or three different directions in flight.
Try a variation on the knuckleball grip by using just the index and middle fingers on the top of the ball.
ehow.com /eHow/eHow/0,1053,3187,00.html?st=snap&pl=keywords&cr=curve   (416 words)

  
 Basic Juice - the wine blog for my generation: The Barbazzale Knuckleball
If I was a manager in the world series of wine and needed a good relief pitcher, I would call Sicily out of the bullpen - nuttin’ but knuckleballs, changeups, and curves.
Each time I think I know what to expect from Sicilian wine, I whiff on something like Grillo.
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
basicjuice.blogs.com /basicjuice/2005/10/the_barbazzale_.html   (441 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Knuckleball Suite: Music: Peter Mulvey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A knuckleball leaves a pitcher's fingertips, and what happens next is anybody's guess.
Batters (and catchers) will tell you that what, from the stands, looks like a straightforward toss is actually a floating, dancing mystery, impossible to pin down.
The Knuckleball Suite was recorded in two and a half days, with a cadre of world-class improvising musicians who had not rehearsed a single note of the songs together.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000EMGAFI?v=glance   (725 words)

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