Knuckleball! is the definitive documentary about the impossible-to-hit pitch from acclaimed filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work). This heartfelt, funny and deeply engaging film delves into the legendary subculture of the knuckleball and the brotherhood of men who share the drive, imagination and humility to throw baseball's slowest, unpredictable and most disrespected pitch. Filmed throughout the 2011 season with extraordinary access from Major League Baseball, the story follows 37 year-old R.A. Dickey (New York Mets, now a 2012 All-Star) and 18-year veteran Tim Wakefield (now retired), the oldest player in the major leagues and an icon of the Boston Red Sox. Knuckleball! details their personal and professional triumphs of the season, while exploring the bond between these two active pitchers and their only allies, the five living retired knuckleballers: Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Wood, Jim Bouton and Tom Candiotti. Knuckleball! tells the story of these extraordinary men, and the sacrifices they made to a pitch that would come to define their lives.
- Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
- R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A first-rate sports documentary in any season.Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 05.06.2014
Well-produced sports doc puts viewers in the pitchers' shoes.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 09.19.2012
Immediately leaps near the top of the list of greatest baseball documentaries.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 09.13.2012
I could watch Phil Niekro reminisce about being owned by Bill Buckner for days. If you know what that means, you probably could, too.Karina Longworth, Village Voice, 09.18.2012