by A.J. Coltrane
Tim Kurkjian does an interesting interview with Orel Hershiser and R.A. Dickey about the development of R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball. Hint: Charlie Hough has a big role.
In a related note, I had it in my head that Charlie Hough was active something like 1955-1975. His career actually ran 1970-1994(!) From wikipedia: “He was converted into a starting pitcher in Texas, where he pitched from 1980–1990, making his only All-Star team in 1986. He left Texas as the franchise leader in wins, strikeouts, complete games and losses.”
Hough is still only 64 years old. I expected he’d be closer to 80. I’ll blame in on Bill James, who sort of talked about him as though Hough was older than Methusela, even in 1985.