In this 1970 file photo from the Associated Press, knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm showed how he grips the ball before he threw his signature pitch (he didn’t actually use his knuckles at all). Wilhelm, who grew up in Huntersville, was the first reliever elected to baseball’s hall of fame. He died in 2002 at age 80.
In this 1970 file photo from the Associated Press, knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm showed how he grips the ball before he threw his signature pitch (he didn’t actually use his knuckles at all). Wilhelm, who grew up in Huntersville, was the first reliever elected to baseball’s hall of fame. He died in 2002 at age 80. AP
In this 1970 file photo from the Associated Press, knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm showed how he grips the ball before he threw his signature pitch (he didn’t actually use his knuckles at all). Wilhelm, who grew up in Huntersville, was the first reliever elected to baseball’s hall of fame. He died in 2002 at age 80. AP

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Huntersville’s Hoyt Wilhelm was history’s best knuckleball pitcher

July 18, 2015 10:00 AM

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