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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158155
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes I've ever met--a great mixture of soul and intellect. He wanted to write his own book with the same passion he brings to his knuckleball or working the heart of the dugout between starts. This is an athlete worth knowing better." --George Vescy, "New York Times"


"R.A. Dickey has a baseball story that is unlike anybody else's. If every player had his character, work ethic, and makeup, it would put a lot of managers and coaches out of work, because there would be no need for them." --Buck Showalter, manager of the Baltimore Orioles


"MLB's only active knuckleballer--boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith.... Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review


"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." --Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN


"Nobody in baseball has overcome more obstacles than R.A. Dickey, and nobody writes about them with more honesty and insight. R.A. doesn't want to be called a hero, but he is exactly that, and when you read about his life's journey and his courage, you will agree with me. This is an awesome book by an awesome man." --Orel Hershiser, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, former MLB All-Star


"A wonderful and powerful new memoir." --Jim Caple, ESPN


"I can't recommend "Wherever I Wind Up "enough." -Gary Cohen, SportsNet NY (SNY)


"R.A. Dickey's book is unlike any other professional athlete's autobiography you have ever read. And that is a very good thing." --Mike Bauman, MLB.com


"It's a gripping memoir, a brutally honest account of family woes, childhood abuse and his failures as a husband and father. But it's also a meditation on contemporary baseball that is insightful without throwing anyone under the bus, save the author himself. (And maybe Alex Rodriguez.) It might be the finest piece of nonfiction baseball writing since "Ball Four." Perhaps above all, it's a classic epic quest, a flawed hero's unlikely odyssey to the major leagues and to discovering the mystical pitch that helped him get there." --Jon Wertheim, "Sports Illustrated"


"R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes I've ever met--a great mixture of soul and intellect. He wanted to write his own book with the same passion he brings to his knuckleball or working the heart of the dugout between starts. This is an athlete worth knowing better." --George Vescy, "New York Times"


"R.A. Dickey has a baseball story that is unlike anybody else's. If every player had his character, work ethic, and makeup, it would put a lot of managers and coaches out of work, because there would be no need for them." --Buck Showalter, manager of the Baltimore Orioles


"MLB's only active knuckleballer--boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith.... Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review


"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." --Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN


"Nobody in baseball has overcome more obstacles than R.A. Dickey, and nobody writes about them with more honesty and insight. R.A. doesn't want to be called a hero, but he is exactly that, and when you read about his life's journey and his courage, you will agree with me. This is an awesome book by an awesome man." --Orel Hershiser, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, former MLB All-Star


"A wonderful and powerful new memoir." --Jim Caple, ESPN


"I can't recommend "Wherever I Wind Up "enough." -Gary Cohen, SportsNet NY (SNY)


"R.A. Dickey's book is unlike any other professional athlete's autobiography you have ever read. And that is a very good thing." --Mike Bauman, MLB.com

It's a gripping memoir, a brutally honest account of family woes, childhood abuse and his failures as a husband and father. But it's also a meditation on contemporary baseball that is insightful without throwing anyone under the bus, save the author himself. (And maybe Alex Rodriguez.) It might be the finest piece of nonfiction baseball writing since "Ball Four." Perhaps above all, it's a classic epic quest, a flawed hero's unlikely odyssey to the major leagues and to discovering the mystical pitch that helped him get there. --Jon Wertheim, "Sports Illustrated"


R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes I ve ever met a great mixture of soul and intellect. He wanted to write his own book with the same passion he brings to his knuckleball or working the heart of the dugout between starts. This is an athlete worth knowing better. --George Vescy, "New York Times"


R.A. Dickey has a baseball story that is unlike anybody else s. If every player had his character, work ethic, and makeup, it would put a lot of managers and coaches out of work, because there would be no need for them. --Buck Showalter, manager of the Baltimore Orioles


MLB's only active knuckleballer--boasts a story compelling enough to be told forthwith . Dickey credits his faith with overcoming myriad trials both personal and professional, but it never feels as if he's preaching. Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies. --"Publishers Weekly," starred review


"An astounding memoir--haunting and touching, courageous and wise." --Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN


"Nobody in baseball has overcome more obstacles than R.A. Dickey, and nobody writes about them with more honesty and insight. R.A. doesn't want to be called a hero, but he is exactly that, and when you read about his life's journey and his courage, you will agree with me. This is an awesome book by an awesome man." --Orel Hershiser, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, former MLB All-Star


"A wonderful and powerful new memoir." --Jim Caple, ESPN


"I can't recommend "Wherever I Wind Up "enough." -Gary Cohen, SportsNet NY (SNY)


"R.A. Dickey's book is unlike any other professional athlete's autobiography you have ever read. And that is a very good thing." --Mike Bauman, MLB.com" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays is one of the premier pitchers in baseball. In 2012 while playing for the New York Mets, he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball s highest honor for a pitcher. He has also written for the "New York Times" and is working on a young adult edition of "Wherever I Wind Up" and two children s books. When not on the road with his team, Dickey lives inTennesseewith his wife and four children.
Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the "New York Daily News" and the author of more than thirty books, including "The Boys of Winter," a "New York" "Times" bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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First things first. I think RA is probably the coolest baseball player in the world. Intelligent, erudite, witty and effortlessly charming, he has lit up the last two and bit seasons of general Mets misery with his excellence. The book charts his trails and tribulations, in life and in baseball. It is, as you would expect from an English major, well constructed and written, with some real insights into some pretty dark moments, and some really amusing tales as well (golf ball collecting as a sideline money spinner - sounds dull, not when you read what it entailed!). I finished and felt reassured that RA was as I thought him to be - a really nice bloke, with a competitive streak a mile wide and a heart a mile wider than that. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is the constant, and eventually quite grating, references to his beliefs that begin innocuously enough, but then appear more and more as the book progresses, really do detract from the story being told. That he has strong faith is wonderful for him, but as an admittedly secular Englishman, I do find the constant references to it a little pious. Minor quibble...great book, an excellent insight into the knuckleball, an unusual sporting biography in that the protagonist hasn't hit the heights of glory (except in the eyes of the Mets faithful) but quite plainly deserves to!
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By Max VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2013
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Simply the best baseball and autobiography book i've ever read. R.A Dickey's journey in life is rich indeed and one we can all learn a thing or two from. The man is perseverance personified. His dogged choice to stick with a sport that was so hard on him makes this book inspirational to anyone who has ever felt like giving up hope on something. His writing is honest, funny and down to earth. If you're a baseball fan or even if you've never watched the sport you'll love this book.
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Many autobiographies contain spin, even untruths, either to make the story better or simply to hide unpalatable facts about the person. This is a true exception, it is frighteningly candid in its honesty and you come away feeling you actually know Dickey, and in doing so have nothing but respect for the man
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HASH(0x8ba5763c) out of 5 stars Kilimanjaro was a walk on a spring day, comparatively 30 Mar. 2012
By A. Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
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RA Dickey has co written[along with the wonderful Wayne Coffey] the singular most interesting sports biography in memory.As a group, sports bios are either gushing hagiography or attempts at shocking the reader with "inside" information. Dickey does neither. His titillating confessions are of a more sober, and painful sort.he related growing up poor,in an alcoholic home,one step ahead of the bill collectors[which is a job for vermin,by the way] beaten neglected then abused,sexually, by a woman and a man.he speaks of the deep,rotting shame that this installed in him, of how it colored every decision,every outlook form then on. In between, he seeks his salvation, as it were, in baseball.A star in college drafted by the Rangers,on the cover of Baseball america ,it begins to unravel. He is discovered to have no ulnar nerve in his right arm, and the bonus from Texas drops from 800K to 80K.He bounces literally around the minors, marries his sweetheart ,suffers from guilt and depression, has an affair,finally comes clean to his wife, and is convinced to try a knuckle ball. If anyone's life was meant to be a knuckle ball metaphorically ,it is RA Dickey. Finally he finds success with my beloved NY Mets,his home life is repaired and he even re-establishes a relationship with his estranged, now sober mother. The writing is crisp and at times elegant, something else you rarely find in a jock bio.The news this AM is that the Mets are going to guarantee Dickeys option year through 2013, bringing some stability at last to this baseball nomad.A great read from a good man, with kudos to Wayne Coffey,too. Intelligent,courageous and compassionate. And enjoyable. HUGELY RECOMMENDED!!!!
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HASH(0x8cc639b4) out of 5 stars No Shame in Crying 31 Mar. 2012
By Antony Chow - Published on Amazon.com
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Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an honest and open look at the life of Robert Allen Dickey, from his childhood through his professional life as a Major League Baseball Player.

Coming from a poor, broken family, R.A. Dickey reveals that he was sexually molested as a child. One individual was a trusted babysitter and the first instance occurs in the sitter's room while Dickey's mother was downstairs.

The description of Dickey's childhood was gut wrenching for me personally. But despite having the odds against him, R.A. Dickey eventually became a major league pitcher. In this book, he shares a lot of sports stories. He talks about having his signing bonus with the Texas Rangers drop down to ten percent of the original offer when it was discovered that Dickey is missing a ligament in his throwing elbow. He talks about his first major league game, where A-Rod winds up throwing the game ball into the stands. He also recalls the meeting where Buck Showalter asked him to reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher.

Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an inspirational tale of a man's perseverance and finally finding a home with a major league baseball team.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c967da4) out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational 1 April 2012
By Mr. Dunkles - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're reading these reviews, you probably already know about R. A. Dickey's missing ligament, descent into obscurity, and rise as a knuckleballer pitcher. His perseverance in the face of adversity already seemed admirable, but reading this book makes it monumentally moreso. This is the most genuine and honest book by an athlete that I've ever read, and adds impressively to the author's other achievements. A very worthwhile read that took great bravery to write.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba577f8) out of 5 stars ERIC METAXAS RAVES ABOUT R.A. DICKEY 19 Jun. 2012
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I've been a New York Mets fan since 1969. I grew up in Queens, NY about a mile from Shea Stadium and attended my first Met game in 1970 when Tommy Agee literally hit the scoreboard with a home run I'll never forget. But even if I weren't a fan of the Mets since childhood, I would be a fan of R.A. Dickey, whose extraordinarily moving and honest and inspiring memoir -- with the brilliant double-entendre title WHEREVER I WIND UP -- simply K's the baffled reader.

The book (co-written with Wayne Coffey) is a mesmerizing and baffling butterfly floater all its own and I simply cannot recommend it and it's author enough. The honesty with which the humble Dickey depicts his own struggles is utterly disarming and to know the painful humblings that he went through to get where he is today -- as of this writing he is the winning-est pitcher in MLB and yesterday threw his second one-hitter of the week (sic) -- makes it hard not to root for him, whether you are a Met fan or aren't.

When the Mets were amazing the world with their sudden ascent in the fall of 1969, they were called the Miracle Mets. It was even said that "God wore a NY Mets uniform." That may not be true, but it's obvious that one of His humble servants does wear one, at least for now. I, for one, am grateful that he does. God bless R.A. Dickey. [...]
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HASH(0x8c30dd74) out of 5 stars The Quest for the Perfect Knuckleball...and More 4 April 2012
By Shawn Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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Today's entry is a review of the new book by Mets pitcher R.A Dickey, titled "Wherever I Wind Up." It is Dickey's autobiography, written with Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News. I was sent a copy of this book for review, and so I shall.

This is one of the best baseball books I have read, and I've read a lot. It has a lot to do with Dickey's honesty, and his background as an English lit major at the University of Tennessee. As he says himself, he has a feel for a story, though not so much for grammar: fortunately here he has a co-writer and an editor. The honesty and storytelling make for a compelling read.

The most compelling part is the contrast. If I told you Dickey was a successful pitcher on a multi-year contract, you might not realize how long he has pitched in the minors and what it has taken to finally become a success at age 37. If I told you he was a knuckleball pitcher, you might not realize he was a hard thrower in college and early in his pro career, and a member of the 1996 Olympic team. If I told you he was a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, a prestigious private school in Nashville, you might not realize he was a scholarship student from the wrong side of the tracks, who overcame poverty and abuse in his childhood. If I told you he was a committed Christian, you might expect a book full of platitudes instead of a story of a man with faults and failings who had to be honest with himself after an affair nearly ended his marriage.

Dickey is honest here, often brutally so, and it becomes clear that he is not some mild-mannered guy, but a risk-taker, with something of a disregard for his own safety: like the time in Council Bluffs, Iowa, when he decides to swim the Missouri River. He doesn't make it across, and might not have made it out of the river if not for teammate and Australian Grant Balfour. Or when, as a teenager, he took to sleeping in empty houses at night. Or a story not fully told in this book, a trip taken while it was going to press: the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. He's a married man with four kids living a young man's dream.

Dickey is a fascinating individual, and this is a captivating book. Highly recommended.
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