June 25, 1979: Phil Niekro, pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, demonstrated how to hold a baseball for pitching a “knuckleball,” which we’re informed is a misnomer, since the ball isn’t actually held by the knuckles. A guide, with handy photos, to some unorthodox throws — including the sinker, screwball and slider — states: “When the ball is released, there is no snap. Rather the wrist is pushed toward the batter. The ball thus does not spin. It will break, but nobody knows which way.” Photo: Larry C. Morris/The New York Times
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