Movie Review : Knuckleball!

Knuckleball! is a documentary film that chronicles the 2011 season for the only two active members of the exclusive fraternity of knuckleballers, R. A. Dickey of the New York Mets and Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox.   As Dickey finally enjoyed some success at the major league level after 15 seasons of one-year contracts Wakefield was wrapping up a 19 year major league career by chasing his 200th win.

The film alternates between the two pitchers; telling the stories of their development as ballplayers in high school and college through the minor leagues and into the majors.  Before achieving major league success both had to make the decision to adopt the mostly misunderstood knuckleball.

Former major league knuckleballers Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, Wilbur Wood and Jim Bouton are also featured offering advice and sharing baseball tales that only a knuckleballer could appreciate.

Knuckleball! is a must-see for serious fans of America’s pasttime and offers a glimpse at the human side of professional athletes that non-baseball fans can appreciate.  Make no mistake, however, this film is a baseball film.

Available for rental or purchase through iTunes and YouTube.

 

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