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The Carroll County Arts Council is presenting a series of baseball films just in time for postseason-baseball excitement, starting with a showing of "Knuckleball!" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Knuckleball!" is a documentary that follows the small band of pitchers in Major League Baseball that have dedicated their careers to throwing the knuckleball, a pitch purposefully devoid of spin that moves in unpredictable ways as it crosses the plate. The film focuses on pitchers Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, the only knuckleball pitchers in the majors in 2011, and their successes and struggles with a form of pitching that has never been popular, but retains a certain mystique.

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On Friday, the Arts Council hosts a doubleheader with two showings of "42," a biopic centering on the early career of Jackie Robinson, the first African American player to play Major League baseball. The first showing will be at 1 p.m. with a second show scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The film follows Robinson through the prejudice he encountered and his successes on the diamond with the Brooklyn Dodgers in his 1947 rookie season.

Tickets for both films are $6 for adults and $5 for Arts Council members, those 18 and younger, and seniors 60 and older. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org or by calling 410-848-7272. For more information, email boxoffice@carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

Reach staff writer Jon Kelvey at 410-857-3317 or jon.kelvey@carrollcountytimes.com.

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