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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball Hardcover – Mar 20 2012


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (March 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158155
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. 


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I've read a lot of sports memoirs back in the day, but it's been quite a while! This is a really good one. Dickey is one of those rare baseball pitchers who makes a living on the knuckleball. He's articulate and deals with his history with honesty, and often, frankness. Eric Metaxas said this was a "extraordinarily moving and honest and inspiring memoir".

I am instinctively skeptical of stories that speak of "authenticity" and are about celebrities who experienced a "redemption" of sorts. However, I came away from this, both enjoying the story and having an endearing feeling towards the author. He seems to be a pretty humble guy who wants to learn both from his failures and other people who have more experience.

In his own way, Dickey was a man whose marriage and career went through a fire, and appear to have become stronger for it. He is straightforward about his Christian faith and it generally seems to inform his perspective, though I would not say that is at all the central theme of the book. I can imagine that any baseball fan, even a borderline one, could very well enjoy this book!
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Gotto say I recommend his book. It's nothing like you ever read before. Dickey lived life from one extreme to the other. The guy is off the wall. Almost drown trying to swim across the Missouri in a hair brain idea. Contemplated suicide in 2006.

Gritty beyond grit, pitched 14 years in the minors, including 7 years with same triple A club. Was All-American, pitched for USA in Olympics, first round draft pick of the Rangers then discovered he had no UCL in his pitching arm. Learned the knuckle ball from Charlie Hough, refined it talking to Wakefield, even more with Phil Niekro. Threw 400,000 times before he mastered it.

As a kid he was sexually abused, twice. His mother was an alcholic, bought up in poverty. Now he ends up Cy Young winner and a very wealthy man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on Feb. 13 2013
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Most amazing autobiography I've ever read! Good mix of baseball and life. It's honest and real, and gave me a great respect for R.A. He's had a ton of highs and lows in his career as well as personal. A very well written story that is sure to captivate any reader! Must read!!
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By Suzanne Bourque on June 27 2013
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I thouroughly enjoyed this book. I am an avid Blue Jays Fan and was interested in reading it now that he plays for the Blue Jays. He is both Intelligent and well spoken and honest to a fault. He pitched his best game yestereday for the Jays against Tampa Bay. After reading the book I felt proud as if I knew him. I hope to see him pitch in Toronto if I can mnage to get there. I have to have spinal surgery with-in the next 2 months, so don't know if it would be possible, but I pray it will haappen.
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I downloaded this book and have read it twice now. Ordered 4 in paperback to give to family and friends.
Such honesty is rare. I certainly appreciate more than ever, what dedication it takes to be a professional athlete and see what a sacrifice the athlete's family must make. Thank you R.A. for baring your soul.
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By H. Friesen on May 16 2013
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I found this book rather captivating. It gave me an insight into the life of R.A. Dickey, a life that certainly has had a good number of disappointments and pain. He describes his struggles with honesty - his failures both on and off the field. He came across as a person of sincere faith and personal integrity.
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By Mike Tremblay on May 2 2015
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I got this book the moment it came out, as I'm a Mets/Dickey fan. Great read. Great person. R.A. autographed my book for me before a game in Boston. Classy guy. I'm so glad he's found success despite his early struggles. I strongly recommend this book.
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By Fido 7 on March 16 2013
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Can't wait to read it and it seems like an easy read.

I love RA Dickey's story from the get-go and cannot wait to know more about him.

Go Blue Jays!!!

Recommend to anyone who wants to unravel their Quest or Destiny!!!
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