R.A. Dickey takes place among history’s best knuckleballers with 20th victory of year

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Thursday was a good day for New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. First the MLB Fan Cave released the above video, a funny faux-movie trailer featuring Dickey, Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield. Later, Dickey further solidified his place in knuckleball lore by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 at Citi Field for his 20th victory of the season.

With the win, Dickey becomes the first knuckleball pitcher to hit 20 wins in one season since the late Joe Niekro did it for the Houston Astros in 1980. He also became the first Met since Frank Viola in 1990 to hit the mark. Even if he comes up short in the competitive Cy Young voting, it's been a heck of a year for Dickey. He'll get a shot at lucky win No. 21 when he faces the Miami Marlins next Tuesday.

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