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Plot: Follows the Boston Red Sox’ Tim Wakefield and the New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey – the only two major league pitchers who use the unpredictable knuckleball – during the 2011 season.
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Baseball’s most elusive pitch
When this documentary Knuckleball was made only Tim Wakefield and RA Dickey were making their primary pitch the knuckleball. This domentary focuses on them with some reference to others of the past. Both Charlie Hough and Jim Bouton make appearances as well.
When I was a kid when you talked knuckleball you talke of Hoyt Wilhelm who was the number one relief pitcher pitcher of the New York Giants and was playing for the Baltimore Orioles when I started following the sport.
The knuckler which is thrown off the tips of your fingers floats rather than spins toward the plate. I behaves unpredictably for hitters and just as bad for catchers. I well remember that the Orioles first string catcher Gus Triandos couldn’t deal with it. Oriole manager Paul Richards used their number 2 catcher Joe Ginsberg when Wilhelm as on the mound. They also developed an oversized catcher’s mitt later banned.
With less strain on the arm knuckleball pitchers have lengthy careers for the most part. The downside is that they are used primarily in relief and can’t run up Hall of Fame stats.
In this story the climax focused on Tim Wakefield in 2011 going for his 200 career win. At the ge of 45 and the oldest player in Major League basebll it was a struggle, Wakefield retired after that leaving RA Dickey of the Mets the only knuckleball pitcher in the Majors.
Both Wakefield and Dickey come off as fine athletes and a credit to the game.
Recommended for baseball fans everywhere.
For baseball fans and movie fans everywhere
If you like baseball, you’ll like this movie. If you like small films, you’ll like this movie. If you like likable people, you’ll like this movie. Knuckleball is a wonderful little film.
The drama of Wakefield’s triumph in game 5 of the 2004 American League Championship Series is the only thing I’d wish were more prominently treated here. (Enduring through THREE passed balls in the 13th inning, with no runs allowed? Epic!) But what stands is a warmly entertaining homage to the best of baseball, the best of baseball players, and the best benefit of simple human faith.
Most rewarding are the extended conversations with Phil Niekro and Charlie Hough throughout, and the additional conversations with Jim Bouton, Wilbur Wood, and other past practitioners of baseball’s “freak pitch”. Interspersing the intimate and heartfelt conversations with R. A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield with game highlights and historical footage puts things in even better emotional perspective.
If only the filmmakers had opportunity to highlight Dickey’s transcendent 2012 season, and not just Wakefield’s retirement press conference from this year. The torch hasn’t just been passed, it’s shining brighter than anyone could have predicted. Wake’s 1992 Rookie of the Year pitching performance was great–but Dickey’s most recent has been phenomenal. All because this tight-knit and loyal fraternity of pitchers has selflessly shared everything they know so that someone else might continue on ahead and do the same for those who come after. The movie does a wonderful job of capturing the joy of it, and the wonder.
A thoroughly enjoyable film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (theatrical)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Documentary, Sport
Director Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Actors Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon, Jim Bouton
Country United States
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