Notable Knuckleballers

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Bob Purkey
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
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Bob Purkey

A three-time All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds, Bob Purkey's knuckler anchored his spectacular 1962 campaign, where went 23-5 and finished third in Cy Young voting. After his standout 1962 season, however, Purkey's career numbers slipped precipitously and he would compile only 27 wins over the next four seasons. Purkey retired in 1966 and was elected to the Reds' Hall-of-Fame in 1974.


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