There's never been many knuckleballers, and Tim Wakefield is the only one currently in the majors. Never as good as the Niekro brothers, Wakefield is having his best season at the age of 41. With 16 wins he has a shot at 20. Twenty wins has become a rare achievement, and no knuckleballer has accomplished it since Joe Niekro in 1980. It would be a shame if Wakefield is the last of a notable breed of pitcher. Wilbur Wood had the best stretch of pitching ever bya knuckler, winning 20 games four straight years from '71 to '74. He was also an amazing ironman, often starting on two days rest. He pitched 376 innings in 1972. In '73 he both won and lost 20 games, finishing 24-20! But other than a five year stretch, Wood was a very mediocre pitcher.