Robert Alan Dickey (born October 29 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers. Dickey has had limited success as a starting pitcher and is currently attempting to become a knuckleball pitcher. He has been with the Rangers organization since he was drafted in 1996, without interruption. The most notable (though rather dubious) moment of his career was on April 6, 2006 when Dickey allowed 6 home runs in one game, tying the post-1900 record which is also shared by another knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield.
In 2003, R.A. Dickey adapted a pitch called "The Thang", which is supposedly a mix between a splitter and a curve. It is not known whether or not Dickey himself invented the pitch, however.
At the beginning of the 2006 season, the Rangers gave Dickey a chance to try out his knuckleball at the major league level by naming him the 5th starter. However, after giving up 6 home runs in his first start on April 6, he was demoted to the Rangers' AAA minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma Redhawks, where he still remains.
Most people believe that R.A. Dickey's best season was 2003, when he struck out 94 batters.
- Selected by Detroit Tigers in the 10th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 3, 1993).
- Selected by Texas Rangers in the 1st round (18th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 4, 1996 - signed September 12, 1996).
- Granted free agency (October 11, 2006).