Tuesday, April 2 2013, 01:52 PM MDT
DVD Review: Knuckleball!
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Documentary, Sports
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Film: Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”) present the history of baseball’s most notorious pitch through interviews with the pictures who use or used it during their professional careers. Featuring R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield with Charlie Hough, Wilbur Wood, Jim Bouton, Tom Candiotti and Phil Niekro.
The Extras: Over two hours of additional and extended Interviews
Recommendation: To some the knuckleball is nothing more than a trick pitch; to the likes of R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield it’s their ticket into the great show that is Major League Baseball. The film is wisely less about the mechanics of the pitch and more about the stigma attached to the pitch and the connection between the small group of past and present pitchers who are most closely associated with throwing the pitch. As a baseball fan I found the film to be a fascinating study of passion and dedication. Neither Dickey nor Wakefield planned on being pitchers and both suffered through their share of failures before finding success. “Knuckleball!” is a universal lesson in persistence that reaches beyond athletes and athletics. Certainly a love for baseball enriches the viewing experience, but even the most casual of sports fan will be entertained and inspired by the film.
-Ryan Michael Painter