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Friday, November 16, 2012

How a Baseball Star’s Tricky Pitch Strikes Out Hitters—and Baffles Physicists | The Crux | Discover Magazine

Last night Major League Baseball announced the winners of the Cy Young Award, given to the year’s best pitchers in the American and National leagues. The National League victor was New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. That he won the award is remarkable, and not just because he is a relatively ancient 38 years old or because he plays for the perennial punch line Mets. Dickey is the first Cy Young winner whose repertoire consists primarily of the knuckleball, a baffling pitch whose intricacies scientists are only now beginning to understand.

via blogs.discovermagazine.com

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It sounds as if it exploits the same physical effects that are exploited by "swing" bowlers in cricket.

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