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R.A. Dickey's inside pitch

Mets knuckleballer's new memoir is deeply powerful and painfully personal

Updated: April 11, 2012, 1:48 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Why do knuckleballers write such good books? That's easy. Because they have such good material.

No one sets out to be a knuckleball pitcher, after all. You become one only after you lose your fastball or can't catch up with someone else's. Then you are forced to reinvent yourself, return to the minors and struggle for years against the game's preconceptions that knuckleballers are weird and unreliable. It takes strength to follow your instincts rather than the herd. It builds character ...

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