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No Spin Zone

Reflections from the thinking man’s knuckleballer.

May 14, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 33 • By JOSHUA GELERNTER
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Second chance in hand, R. A. Dickey surrendered himself to the knuckleball and became the pitcher he is now. And that pitcher is beloved—partly because he throws a pitch that no one else throws, partly because he’s a 37-year-old professional athlete who says he’s “only 26 in knuckleball years,” and partly for wanting to teach English and for naming his bat “Hrunting” after Beowulf’s sword. Also because he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to support a group that helps abused kids and because no one can imagine him cussing, ever.

Joshua Gelernter is a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.