Available in paperback today, the story of the now-retired Red Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield.
In KNUCKLER, Tim Wakefield shares the story of his life with baseball most confounding pitch. He is an enigma. At forty-four years old, he was the longest-serving member of one of baseball’s most popular franchises. He 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 game’s 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, 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.