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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566636612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566636612
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subtitle gets it right: the knuckleball is a very strange pitch. It is released with very little velocity and drifts toward home plate with very little rotation. It seems subject to all manner of influences from barometric pressure to wind velocity and maybe even the gravitational pull of the moon. Clark, a professional photographer with no demonstrable connection to baseball beyond being a fan, interviewed a number of the knuckleball's greatest practitioners, including Hoyt Wilhelm, Wilbur Wood, Phil Niekro, and Tim Wakefield, the only major leaguer currently using the knuckler as his primary pitch. In this thin little book, Clark explains why a knuckler knuckles as well as how to throw it, hit it, coach it, and ump it. It's nicely written, well organized, well illustrated (with drawings and diagrams), and imbued with an engaging sense of whimsy. It's also scheduled for publication in the spring, when all the over-the-hill hurlers turned civilians can try out Clark's techniques in that one last chance to make the Big Show. Charming fun for baseball fans. Wes Lukowsky
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A comprehensive look inside the world of the fluttering and frustrating—for hitters anyway—pitch. (Todd Piken Metro Daily News)

It's nicely written, well organized, well illustrated and imbued with an engaging sense of whimsy. (Booklist)

A guide to every aspect of baseball's most elusive pitch....explaining how and why the pitch is used. (Forecast)

Like the knucklebook itself, The Knucklebook frustrates and delights.... Mr. Clark is terrific....Colorful and interesting stuff. (Jonathan Eig The Wall Street Journal)

A little gem.... After reading it, I am confident I can not only teach the knuckler but also throw a decent one myself. (John Curtis The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The world's greatest collector of knuckleball lore. (Ron Berthel Scranton Sunday Times)

There’s no pitch as magical as the knuckleball. Dave Clark is showing off the magician’s tricks but instead of breaking the illusion, he opens new doors. The knuckleball is given new life here, dancing through our minds as it dances through the air. Clark masterfully breaks down the pitch, the mindset, and could save the pitch from extinction with this important work. (Will Carroll)

If there is anyone alive who knows more about this ever-baffling, fluttering pitch than Dave Clark, he is either retired from, headed to, or currently in the Major Leagues on the strength of his knuckles. And even then, my money’s on Dave. (Ben McGrath The New Yorker)

Nicely written, well organized, well illustrated...and imbued with an engaging sense of whimsy. (Wes Lukowsky Booklist)

They say that '40 is the new 30.' If that's true, then I figure I've still got a shot at becoming the next Hoyt Wilhelm. Step 1? Memorizing every single page of Dave Clark's The Knucklebook. (Rob Neyer ESPN the Magazine)

Dave Clark delivers a resounding strike with his in-depth coverage of baseball's most baffling pitch. (John Kuenster Baseball Digest)

Quirky to say the least. (Melissa McKeon The Community Journal)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RAZOR on July 6, 2010
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This book has the greatest collection of knuckleball information. It is a must read for anyone who wants to throw or learn the knuckleball. It includes pictures of the grips of the most famous knuckleballers including Tim Wakefield, Phil Neikro, and Hoyt Wilhem. The only con is that there is not much information on how you hit, umpire, and catch the pitch. However, as a pitcher myself, I rate this book among the best baseball
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim J. Carroll on September 9, 2007
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Nice to see someone passionate enough about something to write a decent book. I gotta tell you if you want to know about Knuckleballs, How to pitch, how to catch, how to coach or just how the suckers break then get this book. Its all in there plus some great quotes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. William Costello on February 16, 2013
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If you can only buy one book on How To Throw the Knuckleball, this is the one! Clear instructions with good diagrams! (#)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel L. Barclay on April 7, 2006
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I've been throwing the knuckler for a long time and have pined for a technical, historical, and personal history of this wonder of nature. Anyone who wants to know more about how to throw, catch, hit, or call this pitch needs to read this book. Specific information from famous knuckleball pitchers regarding grip and throwing mechanics are not available elsewhere.It's also funny.

I do suspect that the physicists have the explanation wrong and that its strange irregularities are more related to relativistic properties than chaotic airflow patterns.
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I read the book from cover to cover and found it full of information not only about how to throw a knuckle ball but about those who thrown it in the past. Interesting read. Pictures helped with understanding finger placement, I thought it might be better using Photos instead of images, but great book.
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