Tyler Kepner

  • Vanderbilt University

    ‘The Wing of a Butterfly’: Why the ugliest pitch in baseball is a thing of beauty

    Because knuckleballers want no spin at all, they don’t engage the same muscles as conventional pitchers. If a robot could pitch, it would throw like a knuckleballer, like one mechanical piece instead of a flexible acrobat stressing multiple leverage points to impart spin. The physical dangers of repeated throws at maximum effort do not apply for these craftsmen. Theirs is the safest pitch of all, but the trade-off is severe: It is also the hardest to master, and to trust. Read More

    Aug 20, 2019

  • cover image of K by Tyler Kepner

    Impression: Pitch count

    A new book from New York Times national baseball writer and Vanderbilt alumnus Tyler Kepner, BA’97, traces the history of America’s pastime through the perspective of pitchers. Read More

    May 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Student Media Hall of Fame 2011 class named

    Five Vanderbilt University alumni who made their mark as student journalists and distinguished themselves through professions that include author, baseball writer, legal counsel, publisher and radio executive will be inducted Oct. 21 into the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame. Read More

    Jun 15, 2011