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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball [Hardcover]

R.A. Dickey , Wayne Coffey
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Book Description

March 20 2012

The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues.

An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.

Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and Entertaining!!! Aug. 5 2014
RA Dickey is a highly sensitive human who's writing genius makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read about truth, fear, abuse and real life. We laughed out loud and cried as we turned the pages of this great autobiography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story! Dec 26 2013
By Mark Nenadov TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read July 17 2013
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Really takes the reader through the ups and downs of a baseball players career. Very well written. A must for baseball fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read June 24 2013
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Inspiring, honest, relatable and readable. This book will keep you hooked and you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! June 17 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dickey shows us a side of him that is rarely seen in a professional athlete. How he illustrates his struggles through his career, his personal life, and his many doubters along the way kept me engaged throughout the whole book. He has quickly transformed from a player who I found interesting to the most respected player I have had the pleasure of watching step on the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Journey May 22 2013
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One of the most revealing stories about overcoming adversity through faith. R. A's honesty and integrity shines through both on and off the field. Great book and a great read.
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