Welcome to Knuckleball Nation!

My name is Chris Nowlin and I am a professional knuckleball pitcher. I signed my first pro contract after having never played High School or College baseball. That’s right; read HERE. My first appearance in a competitive baseball game came at the professional level.

Charlie Hough and Chris Nowlin Showing Knuckleball Grips at Hough's Home

Charlie Hough and Chris Nowlin at Charlie’s house in Southern California

I was able to pull this off because of the knuckleball. I always had a good one, but it was a chance encounter with 24-year Major League veteran knuckleball pitcher Charlie Hough that made everything take off. Charlie took me under his wing in Southern California where I learned how to throw a pro-quality knuckleball alongside RA Dickey. Yup, future 2012 Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey. He was terrible back then, by the way. As you can see, he got better. I did too.

After a few months of training, Charlie asked, “Are you ready?” Ready for what? I replied. “Ready to play pro ball?” he said. And I’ve been playing professional baseball ever since.

Birth of Knuckleball Nation

Hall of fame knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro and pro knuckle ball pitcher Chris Nowlin

Hall of Fame knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro and Chris Nowlin working at the Triple-A Gwinett Braves Facility.

I created Knuckleball Nation and its Knuckleball Instructional Products because there’s nothing else like it out there. If I didn’t meet Charlie Hough and get the proper instruction, I wouldn’t have had a chance to play professional baseball. And I know there are a few guys out there that can do it, too — they just need the proper guidance.

So whether you’re just looking to mix in a knuckleball at your Men’s League Game or trying to go pro, Knuckleball Nation has the right instructional product for you.  All the information in the instructional videos comes from my experience with the greats — Charlie Hough, Phil Niekro, Tom Candiotti and RA Dickey — as well as my own pro experience. Check out the site, come get a lesson at the Academy, join the discussion on the forum boards, order a DVD, online assessment, lesson plan or t-shirt, sign up for a nationwide clinic and join Knuckleball Nation!

The knuckleball: a pitch for the every-man.

Thank you, be well and don’t let it spin,

Chris Nowlin Pro Knuckle Ball Pitcher Signature