Tim Wakefield, Red Sox pitcher and Hingham resident releases new book
He’s pitched more games than any other player in Red Sox history, and yet Tim Wakefield of Hingham maintains a humble presence. One of the most widely respected players in the game, he is known for his consistency on the field—and for doing it all using the widely misunderstood and most fickle of pitches—the knuckleball.
The newly published memoir, Knuckler: My Life with Baseball’s Most Confounding Pitch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2011) by Tim Wakefield with Tony Massarotti, tells the story of Wakefield’s impressive Red Sox career. The book also dissects the impressive, yet somehow baffling physics of how the ball is actually thrown—the grip, the wind-up, and the smooth release.
The book also tells the fascinating story of Wakefield’s journey with the Red Sox, his intimate connection to the city of Boston, and how the knuckleball pitch literally propelled him into a successful baseball career. It’s an honest, straightforward read by the team’s senior member. Wakefield’s words portray his great integrity and respect for his fellow players as well as for the game itself. There are plenty of baseball stats as well as a few black and white photographs nestled into the book’s pages that will surely satisfy the most fanatic of Red Sox fans, however, Knuckler is a book that is suitable for a wide range of readers, no matter their knowledgeable of the game. For South Shore readers in particular, it’s a rare look inside the private thoughts of a hometown hero.