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The Knucklebook: Everything You Need to Know About Baseball's Strangest Pitch - the Knuckleball Paperback – Mar 16 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; Reprint edition (March 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566639697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566639699
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #987,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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)

About the Author

Dave Clark is a professional photographer and has been a woodworker, ceramic furnace operator, car salesman, skydiving instructor, radio announcer, parachute designer, chemical batch maker, forklift operator, hockey referee, produce deliverer, comedy writer, Zamboni driver, and amateur open-mike comedian. But mostly he has been the world's greatest collector of knuckleball lore. He lives with his wife and two children in Barre, Massachusetts.

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niche book, nicely done May 25 2013
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As advertised, this book focuses strictly on the knuckleball. I love how Clark gives historical background and discusses real players. His discussion of the aerodynamics is both informative and correct. A very nice job.

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