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A STORY OF THE LIFE OF A LONG FORGOTTEN ARTIST OF BASEBALL. A GAME WITH MANY CLONED ARTISTS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, BUT, VERY FEW WHO COULD MASTER THE ART OF..."KNUCKLEBALLING."

This story is about Jason Roberts, a man who grew up throwing the "Knuckle ball." His trials and tribulations of getting to the big leagues. His heartbreaks in being told: "You can't do it! The pitch won't work, no sense in trying it! The biggies will never like it, throw it a different way! They'll knock it out of the park!" Negotiating his contracts and endorsements. His setback with a shoulder operation. Winning the big one. His retirement and finally:

His induction into the "Baseball Hall of Fame."

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Comment by Ralph L. McNeal, Sr. on July 17, 2012 at 12:28pm

The Last Knuckleballer (formerly The Knuckleballer). Title changed to reflect the main character, a "true" knuckleball pitcher who throws the ball with two, three and four knuckle down pitches. Other pitchers throw a "fingernail ball" commonly called the knuckleball. The "true knuckleball" was thrown in 1908 by Eddie Cicotte of the Redsox who took the knickname "knuckles." The actual pushing and flipping the ball was replaced by those that found controlling the ball was easier with almost the same effect by simply clamping down on the rawhide with one's fingernails. However, most would throw the pitch with one deliver coming in on one plane. The "true knuckleball" could be thrown with four deliveries coming in on four planes: overhand, 3/4 overhand, sidearm and submarine. Books have been written on how to hit a golf ball, how to hit a baseball...but none on how to hit a knuckleball. Some say, "it's like trying to hit a gum wrapper flitting in a hurricane."  I believe it, because I threw it!

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