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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball [Kindle Edition]

R.A. Dickey , Wayne Coffey
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Book Description

With a new epilogue by author R.A. Dickey, winner of the 2012 Cy Young award

"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." - Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN

In 1996, R.A. Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ much-heralded No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. Sustained by his Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness, Dickey is now the starting pitcher for the Toronoto Blue Jays (he was previously a star pitcher for the New York Mets) and one of the National League’s premier players, as well as the winner of the 2012 Cy Young award.

In Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey eloquently shares his quintessentially American tale of overcoming extraordinary odds to achieve a game, a career, and a life unlike any other.


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“MLB's only active knuckleballer--boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith…. Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching.  Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies.”
- Publishers Weekly, Starred review


“It's a gripping memoir, a brutally honest account of family woes, childhood abuse and his failures as a husband and father. But it's also a meditation on contemporary baseball that is insightful without throwing anyone under the bus, save the author himself. (And maybe Alex Rodriguez.) It might be the finest piece of nonfiction baseball writing since Ball Four.  Perhaps above all, it's a classic epic quest, a flawed hero's unlikely odyssey to the major leagues and to discovering the mystical pitch that helped him get there.”
- Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated


"Wherever I Wind Up is an astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise."
- Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN


"Nobody in baseball has overcome more obstacles than R.A. Dickey, and nobody writes about them with more honesty and insight. R.A. doesn't want to be called a hero, but he is exactly that, and when you read about his life's journey and his courage, you will agree with me. This is an awesome book by an awesome man."
-Orel Hershiser, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, former MLB All-Star


"R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes I've ever met - a great mixture of soul and intellect ... This is an athlete worth knowing better."
- George Vescy, New York Times


"A wonderful and powerful new memoir."
- Jim Caple, ESPN


"I can't recommend Wherever I Wind Up enough."
- Gary Cohen, SportsNet NY (SNY)


"R.A. Dickey's book is unlike any other professional athlete's autobiography you have ever read. And that is a very good thing."
- Mike Bauman, MLB.com

About the Author

R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is one of the premier pitchers in baseball.  In 2012 he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball’s highest honor for a pitcher.  Immensely popular with fans and deeply respected by his teammates, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation. 


Product Details

  • File Size: 4977 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0452299012
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (March 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HN2080
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
RA Dickey has co written[along with the wonderful Wayne Coffey] the singular most interesting sports biography in memory.As a group, sports bios are either gushing hagiography or attempts at shocking the reader with "inside" information. Dickey does neither. His titillating confessions are of a more sober, and painful sort.he related growing up poor,in an alcoholic home,one step ahead of the bill collectors[which is a job for vermin,by the way] beaten neglected then abused,sexually, by a woman and a man.he speaks of the deep,rotting shame that this installed in him, of how it colored every decision,every outlook form then on. In between, he seeks his salvation, as it were, in baseball.A star in college drafted by the Rangers,on the cover of Baseball america ,it begins to unravel. He is discovered to have no ulnar nerve in his right arm, and the bonus from Texas drops from 800K to 80K.He bounces literally around the minors, marries his sweetheart ,suffers from guilt and depression, has an affair,finally comes clean to his wife, and is convinced to try a knuckle ball. If anyone's life was meant to be a knuckle ball metaphorically ,it is RA Dickey. Finally he finds success with my beloved NY Mets,his home life is repaired and he even re-establishes a relationship with his estranged, now sober mother. The writing is crisp and at times elegant, something else you rarely find in a jock bio.The news this AM is that the Mets are going to guarantee Dickeys option year through 2013, bringing some stability at last to this baseball nomad.A great read from a good man, with kudos to Wayne Coffey,too. Intelligent,courageous and compassionate. And enjoyable. HUGELY RECOMMENDED!!!!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Shame in Crying March 30, 2012
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Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an honest and open look at the life of Robert Allen Dickey, from his childhood through his professional life as a Major League Baseball Player.

Coming from a poor, broken family, R.A. Dickey reveals that he was sexually molested as a child. One individual was a trusted babysitter and the first instance occurs in the sitter's room while Dickey's mother was downstairs.

The description of Dickey's childhood was gut wrenching for me personally. But despite having the odds against him, R.A. Dickey eventually became a major league pitcher. In this book, he shares a lot of sports stories. He talks about having his signing bonus with the Texas Rangers drop down to ten percent of the original offer when it was discovered that Dickey is missing a ligament in his throwing elbow. He talks about his first major league game, where A-Rod winds up throwing the game ball into the stands. He also recalls the meeting where Buck Showalter asked him to reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher.

Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an inspirational tale of a man's perseverance and finally finding a home with a major league baseball team.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational March 31, 2012
Format:Hardcover
If you're reading these reviews, you probably already know about R. A. Dickey's missing ligament, descent into obscurity, and rise as a knuckleballer pitcher. His perseverance in the face of adversity already seemed admirable, but reading this book makes it monumentally moreso. This is the most genuine and honest book by an athlete that I've ever read, and adds impressively to the author's other achievements. A very worthwhile read that took great bravery to write.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ERIC METAXAS RAVES ABOUT R.A. DICKEY June 19, 2012
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I've been a New York Mets fan since 1969. I grew up in Queens, NY about a mile from Shea Stadium and attended my first Met game in 1970 when Tommy Agee literally hit the scoreboard with a home run I'll never forget. But even if I weren't a fan of the Mets since childhood, I would be a fan of R.A. Dickey, whose extraordinarily moving and honest and inspiring memoir -- with the brilliant double-entendre title WHEREVER I WIND UP -- simply K's the baffled reader.

The book (co-written with Wayne Coffey) is a mesmerizing and baffling butterfly floater all its own and I simply cannot recommend it and it's author enough. The honesty with which the humble Dickey depicts his own struggles is utterly disarming and to know the painful humblings that he went through to get where he is today -- as of this writing he is the winning-est pitcher in MLB and yesterday threw his second one-hitter of the week (sic) -- makes it hard not to root for him, whether you are a Met fan or aren't.

When the Mets were amazing the world with their sudden ascent in the fall of 1969, they were called the Miracle Mets. It was even said that "God wore a NY Mets uniform." That may not be true, but it's obvious that one of His humble servants does wear one, at least for now. I, for one, am grateful that he does. God bless R.A. Dickey. [...]
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quest for the Perfect Knuckleball...and More April 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Today's entry is a review of the new book by Mets pitcher R.A Dickey, titled "Wherever I Wind Up." It is Dickey's autobiography, written with Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News. I was sent a copy of this book for review, and so I shall.

This is one of the best baseball books I have read, and I've read a lot. It has a lot to do with Dickey's honesty, and his background as an English lit major at the University of Tennessee. As he says himself, he has a feel for a story, though not so much for grammar: fortunately here he has a co-writer and an editor. The honesty and storytelling make for a compelling read.

The most compelling part is the contrast. If I told you Dickey was a successful pitcher on a multi-year contract, you might not realize how long he has pitched in the minors and what it has taken to finally become a success at age 37. If I told you he was a knuckleball pitcher, you might not realize he was a hard thrower in college and early in his pro career, and a member of the 1996 Olympic team. If I told you he was a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, a prestigious private school in Nashville, you might not realize he was a scholarship student from the wrong side of the tracks, who overcame poverty and abuse in his childhood. If I told you he was a committed Christian, you might expect a book full of platitudes instead of a story of a man with faults and failings who had to be honest with himself after an affair nearly ended his marriage.

Dickey is honest here, often brutally so, and it becomes clear that he is not some mild-mannered guy, but a risk-taker, with something of a disregard for his own safety: like the time in Council Bluffs, Iowa, when he decides to swim the Missouri River.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent baseball and personal story
What a journey Mr. Dickey has travelled! Fascinating.
Published 20 days ago by Paul Montognese
5.0 out of 5 stars No UCL? Try throwing a knuckleball!
A straight-up autobiography by a major leaguer who spent more time in 4-A baseball than anyone deserves. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jim Throne
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sports autobiographies out there, highly recommended!
This autobiography by R.A. Dickey was absolutely terrific. It was certainly one of the best sports autobiographies I have ever read. R.A. Read more
Published 27 days ago by James C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by J. Webber
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally Honest Baseball Book
This is one of the best baseball memoirs since Jim Bouton's "Ball Four". Unlike Bouton's book, this is not a tell all of the "sins" of inside baseball, but instead... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Corrgc
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, personal story
Terrific, personal story, would make a great gift for a young man who has athletic gifts and a troubled family life.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Honesty and tenderness
Wherever I Wind Up is a story of a man who has learned that life is best lived intentionally. R.A. Dickey has been transformed by grace, but he has the good sense to keep working. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerald Bonsall
5.0 out of 5 stars very well written. I appreciate his passion and for ...
very well written. I appreciate his passion and for his determination to succeed.
Published 4 months ago by emily nachshen
4.0 out of 5 stars The book was a great read.
All of us amateurs and dreamers pull for R.A. The book was a great read.
Published 4 months ago by douglas nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story.
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