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.