Re: Bob Purkey, Reds Pitcher Dies at age 78
Purkey was a fave of mine back when I was a kid. As I understand it, he was one of the last few guys to throw a knuckleball as a change of pace in addition to a full fastball-curve repertoire. Plenty of guys used to do that, but somewhere in the '60s the idea took hold that you had to devote yourself to throwing the knuckler almost exclusively, like taking monastic orders...
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra