Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Games: The Pitch That Makes Boys Cry

Baseball is not as simple as it looks. There is a lot of strategy and skill hidden on that peaceful looking diamond. One of the rarest skills is the pitch called a knuckleball. The knuckleball dances in the air and is not only hard to hit it's even hard to catch.

One of the best knuckleballers at the moment is a Chelsea Baker. She's 13 and maybe the best little league pitcher in America. How good is she? Why is she so good? Ask ESPN who took a look at her in In a league of her own. The article is good - the video is even better.

 If you want to know more about this most elusive part of baseball give Project Knuckleball from 2004 in the New Yorker a read.

Who knows... in a few years a lucky major league team may have Chelsea on the mound making grown men cry with her knuckleball.

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