After watching RA post his second consecutive 1 hit complete game shutout, this one featuring 13Ks, I don’t think there is any disputing he’s the best pitcher in the game.
But at this point I think he’s also the Greatest Knuckleballer of all time.
Phil Niekro may have amassed the most wins but he was never as dominant as Dickey has become. Joe Niekro wasn’t as good as his brother.
Charlie Hough had a multi decade career but was never a dominant.
Eddie Cicotte is credited as the inventor of the knuckle ball and some say his was the nastiest of all but he was banned from baseball in 1919 after participating in the Black Sox scandal.
Hoyt Wilhelm was a tremendous reliever but, just like Cicotte, I certainly never saw him pitch.
Tom Candiotti was another long time knuckler but was never a guy who dominated any season.
Wakefield at his best was pretty damn good… But he was never the best pitcher in the game.
RA Dickey now stands atop this list.
RA Dickey has brought the knuckler to a new level and has safely ensconced himself as President the fraternity of knuckle ballers.