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Monday, July 06, 2015

U of T engineering students build first knuckleball pitching machine | Toronto Star

Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and science, they want answers.

As such, four mechanical engineering students at the University of Toronto set out to “demystify” the knuckleball by attempting to build the world’s first pitching machine that would replicate the notoriously capricious pitch on a consistent basis.

“The idea was if we could control everything maybe we could get a knuckleball to be the exact same every time,” said Alex Gordon, who coincidentally shares a name with the Kansas City Royals’ all-star left fielder and is one of four since-graduated students who worked on the project last year.

On paper, it seemed doable. If they could control all the variables — velocity, air conditions, the orientation of the ball — theoretically they should be able to propel the ball exactly the same way every time.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
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