R.A. Dickey's incredible story of perseverance seems straight out of Hollywood.
The Blue Jays hurler overcame a childhood marred by sexual abuse to become a star college pitcher and a first-round draft pick.
When his first team, the Texas Rangers, performed a medical evaluation on Dickey, they discovered he was missing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow joint and they drastically reduced his signing bonus. Over his first 10 years in the pros Dickey bounced bounced between four major league teams as well as their minor league affiliates. He was a mediocre pitcher at best.
At age 30, Dickey decided to devote himself to learning the knuckleball, and after struggling initially he came to master the pitch. In 2012, at age 38, Dickey became the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young. His numbers from that year are eye-popping: 230 strikeouts, a 1.05 WHIP, 233.2 innings pitched and five complete games.
And so it's fitting that Dickey's story is heading straight where it belongs -- the big screen.
According to a Deadline.com report, a production studio has purchased the rights to Dickey's 2012 autobiography, "Wherever I Wind Up."
The production company, called "A Thing Or Two Productions" and launched by actors Ben McKenzie and Logan Marshall-Green, has enlisted Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger to write the script.
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