Roy is a student at the Literacy & Language Center who loves sports. We encouraged him to develop his writing skills by writing about what he knows.
Roy chose to write about knuckleballs after he watched a documentary about R.A. Dickey, a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2012 Dickey was the first knuckleball pitcher in MLB history to win the prestigious Cy Young Award.
We are so pleased to share Roy's work with you!
How To Throw A Knuckleball
- by Roy
A knuckleball is hard to throw because you need the right grip and stance. First, you hold the knuckleball with the top of your knuckles that surround the ball. Second, stand on the mound with one foot facing 3rd base and the other foot at home. Third, you shake your head yes or no to tell the catcher which pitch to throw, then put the glove on your chest to show you're ready. You just learned about the grip and the next thing to learn is the throwing.
The knuckleball has no spin, therefore it drops down in the strike zone so most people miss it. To learn this technique, you must first lift your leg and then push hard off the rubber. Then your arm goes back and forward with your body. Third, you release the ball in front of you at a 90 degree angle, although the angle varies with different people. So, you learned about pitching and know we'll talk about the speed.
Most knuckleball pitchers throw slowly, around 60 mph, but pros are good at throwing a pitch faster. The speed of a normal person's pitch is 60, 70, or 80 mph. R.A. Dickey is a pro who throws a baseball 70, 80, or 90 mph. R.A. Dickey is the only knuckleball pitcher who has no fastball. Because R.A. Dickey's knuckleball has no spin the speed varies and it is hard to hit. A knuckleball is an effective pitch
and it is good to use when you are up in the count.