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English Major Wins Cy Young Award

16 November 2012

From Shelf Awareness Pro:

R.A. Dickey, the New York Mets knuckleball pitcher . . . has won the Cy Young Award in the National League. In a sport with literary affinities, Dickey is one of the most articulate and bookish players in the game: he was an English lit major at the University of Tennessee, is an avid reader and is the author with Wayne Coffey of an unusually candid, fresh autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

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 Dickey may be at the top of his game in baseball but his writing career is just beginning: he recently signed a deal to write three children’s books to be published by Dial, the first of which is an adaptation of his memoir, which will appear next fall, according to the New York Times. In 2014, Knuckleball Ned, the first of two picture books, will appear.

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For non-American visitors, the Cy Young Award is presented to the best pitcher in each of the two major professional baseball leagues on an annual basis.

Few pitchers are able to master the knuckleball, a difficult-to-control pitch that moves in an erratic manner after the pitcher throws it. Dickey turned to the knuckleball only after it was clear that his previously mediocre career in baseball was about to end.

Knuckleball pitchers are traditionally regarded as more than a little erratic themselves and Dickey is the first knuckleballer to win this prestigious award.

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6 Comments to “English Major Wins Cy Young Award”

  1. P.G.

    Dickey sure deserves the Cy Young, having got his wins with a team which isn’t doing stellar unless he’s pitching.

    He’s been an inspiration and while most pitching is like watching paint dry, Dickey is as fascinating as pitching gets.


  2. Congrats to him. I’m a huge baseball fan and I love that a star pitcher is shining some light on reading and writing.

  3. Dickey appeared to be on the fast track to the majors when he was young. He was on the US Olympic team and was a first round draft pick, but after he was drafted, doctors discovered that he was missing a ligament in his pitching elbow. That ligament, the ulnar collateral ligament, is so crucial to pitching that when pitchers tear it, they undergo “Tommy John” surgery to replace it, named after the first pitcher to successfully come back from the surgery. Dickey struggled as a pitcher and eventually developed his knuckler, which takes a long time to master.

  4. R.A. Dickey is an amazing guy. Incredible life, wonderful comeback story.

  5. Now pay the man, Mets!

  6. I read the headline thinking it meant an English serviceman had somehow won it. It took me a surprisingly long time to figure it out, especially considering that I minored in English.

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