R.A. Dickey Interview

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.

3 thoughts on “R.A. Dickey Interview

  1. The issue is that Charlie Hough looked like he was about 80, even back when he was pitching for the Dodgers. I think if it weren’t for the strike in 1994, he might have actually pitched in 1995.


  2. Bart: Oh boy! Free trading cards!
    Milhouse: Wow! Joseph of Arimathea! 26 conversions in A.D. 46.
    Nelson: Whoa, a Methuselah rookie card!
    Flanders: (chuckles) Well boys, who’d have thought learning about religion could be fun?
    Bart: Religion?
    Milhouse: Learning?
    Nelson: Let’s get out of here


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