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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball (audio)
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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball (audio)

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Mission Audio 2012

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues.

An English literature major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport—and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an x-ray and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.

Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life-affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010—and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more—a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

Key Features

  • Details the life and career of R.A. Dickey, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Discusses Dickey’s spiritual journey and how his faith shaped him
  • Explains how he faced adversity in his career and home life

Contents of Print Edition

  • The Worst Night I Ever Had
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Summer of ‘83
  • Faith on Walnut
  • The Wolf of Green Hills
  • Volunteering for Duty
  • Cover Story
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Minor Achievement
  • Showtime
  • Requiem for My Fastball
  • Redhawk Redux
  • The World according to Charlie
  • Knuckleballer non Grata
  • The Bottom
  • Into the Missouri
  • Sounds of the Moment
  • Rule Five Surprise
  • Getting My Phil
  • Citi Dweller
  • Fingernails in Flushing
  • Unbroken Moments
  • Summits

Praise for the Print Edition

It’s a compelling story, and narrator Ben Hunter has an engaging style that the listener easily can believe is the author’s voice.

Audiofile Magazine

Product Details

  • Title: Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball
  • Authors: R.A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey
  • Narrator: Ben Hunter
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Mission Audio
  • Print Publisher: Blue Rider Press
  • Runtime: 9.5 hours
  • Product Type: Audiobook
  • Christian Group: Evangelical
  • Resource Type: Biography
  • Topic: Christian Living

About R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays is one of the premier pitchers in baseball. In 2012, he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball’s highest honor for a pitcher. He is immensely popular with fans and deeply respected by his teammates.

Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than 30 books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation.