R.A. Dickey, Former Major League Baseball Baseball Player
R.A. Dickey is a former Major League Baseball baseball player who played professionally for 21 years culminating in the National League Cy Young Award as a member of the New York Mets in 2012, which honors the top pitcher in the Major Leagues. Additionally, R.A. was a three time All-American at the University of Tennessee as well as a three time Academic All-American as an English Major. He represented the United States as an Olympian in 1996 as a pitcher on the bronze medal winning Olympic team.
R.A.’s passions move well beyond baseball. He became a New York Times best selling author after the release of his autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up, My quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball. The book chronicles his tumultuous journey from an 8 year old victim of sexual abuse to a can’t miss first round draft pick for the Texas Rangers whose career was met with unrealized potential until his discovery of the Knuckleball, a pitch that is as unpredictable as life. R.A.has also been a contributing author to the New York Times, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. His other books include Throwing Strikes and Knuckleball Ned, a children’s book.
Besides his hunger for literature, R.A. has invested his time on several not for profit boards, including Bombay Teen Challenge, an outreach that helps victims of sex trafficking in Mumbai, India. In January of 2012, R.A. raised 250,000 dollars for the BTC by reaching the peak of Kilimanjaro. Currently, he is on the board of directors for the Nashville Anti Human Trafficking Coalition, a ministry that helps rescue and restore victims of human trafficking across the state of Tennessee.
R.A. grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Montgomery Bell Academy. His wife Anne and his four kids reside in Franklin Tennessee and enjoy life on a farm caring for their 3 horses, 1 donkey, 2 rabbits, 3 dogs, 3 ducks, 25 chickens, and their pig, Meatball.