"In our sun-down perambulations, of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing "base", a certain game of ball...Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms...the game of ball is glorious."
Knuckleball! is a documentary that profiles the only two knuckleballers left in the Majors, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey. The film describes the knuckleball and the difficulties in throwing it, catching it, and hitting it. Both Wakefield and Dickey belong to an exclusive club of knucklers who have thrown the pitch in the Bigs in the past. Each pitcher has his story of hard times in the minors and then the switch to being a knuckleball pitcher. The film does an excellent job of portraying the struggles of minor league ball players and their families and the battle to keep a life long dream alive. In both players cases the knuckleball made their dream come true, neither would have likely made the Majors without the pitch. It was a very interesting glimpse into the life of a pitcher and even more so the lives of knuckleballers, who are few and far between. The film hits its high note when the exclusive club gets together and discusses their careers as knuckleball pitchers. A great film for any baseball fan, a good look at a misunderstood pitch.
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt in a fight with Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Bruce Kison in 1977. Schmidt broke a finger in the brawl, but only missed a few games. Check out those fantastic pillbox Pirates hats.
On This Date - August 19, 1951 Bill Veeck signs a three-foot, seven-inch midget, Eddie Gaedel, who goes to bat wearing the number 1/8 in the first inning of the nightcap with the Tigers. Lefty Bob Cain laughingly walks him on four pitches. Jim Delsing then pinch runs. Two days later the commissioner bars Eddie Gaedel from appearing in any more games.
On This Date June 23, 1917 - Boston pitcher Babe Ruth starts against Washington. He walks leadoff man Eddie Foster, griping to plate umpire Brick Owens after each pitch. On ball four, Ruth plants a right to the umpire’s jaw. He is ejected, and Ernie Shore relieves. Foster is caught stealing, and Shore retires all 26 men he faces in a 4-0 win, getting credit in the books for a perfect game.