Former Montgomery Bell Academy and Tennessee pitcher R.A. Dickey will be right back in the national spotlight on Sunday.
CBS’ 60 Minutes is still interested in Dickey’s Cy Young-winning season last year with the Mets and will profile him on its Sunday (7 p.m., WTVF-5) broadcast.
Reporter Lesley Stahl visited the Blue Jays training camp in Florida in March where she interviewed the 17-year veteran to learn more about the knuckleball pitch he relied on to revive his career.
Part of the interview took place in Nashville where Dickey took Stahl to his childhood home were he grew up with a single parent.
His wife Anne, who graduated from Harpeth Hall, is included in the feature.
Dickey is the only pitcher currently in the majors throwing the knuckleball.
“(Batters) know what they’re getting, I know what I am throwing,” Dickey tells Stahl. “It’s just a matter of, ‘Can I throw a good one?’’’
Dickey will demonstrate the proper way to throw the pitch, which he learned from Hall of Famer Phil Niekro in 2008.
“If I throw a bad knuckleball, you could hit it,” Dickey tells Stahl. “If I throw a good knuckleball … nobody’s hitting it.”