The Atlanta Warriors announced Sunday that pitcher Phil Niekro used his signature knuckle to fool generations of batsmen and created a Hall of Fame career. He died in sleep on Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.
Nick (Niekro) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 and is one of baseball’s most prolific and durable pitchers. His “butterfly” pitcher has won 318 games in his 24 seasons of his career, of which he played for 20 years. At Milwaukee/Atlanta Warriors.
The Brave said in a prepared statement: “We are saddened by the passing of our cherished friend Phil Niekro.” “Nooks was woven into the brave fabric first in Milwaukee and then in Atlanta. . Phil was confused on the court and was always the first to join our community activities. During those community and fan activities, he communicated with fans. It seemed that they were long-lost friends.
“For many years, he has been present in our clubs, alumni events, and throughout the Braves rural area, and we will always be grateful for him to be such an important part of our organization.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy, sons Philip, John and Michael, and his two grandsons Chase and Emma.”
Like many knuckle pitchers, age does not hinder Nick at all. After the age of 40, he saved 121 victories, which is the highest record in Major League Baseball until the age of 48. In his final season at the end of 1987, Niekro ranked tenth in the season he played. Only Cy Young, “Pud” Galvin and Walter Johnson cast more games than Niekro’s 5,404. Since the dead ball era, no pitcher has spent more time on the major league mounds.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a prepared statement: “Phil Niekro is the most unique and memorable pitcher of his generation. One.” “In the last century, pitchers have thrown no more than Phil’s 5,404 innings. His elbow put him into a five-time All-Star lineup, winning three 20-win seasons for the Atlanta Warriors. , Won the club with 300 victories and eventually entered Cooperstown.
“However, in addition to his signature and trademark durability, Phil is remembered as one of the most harmonious people in our game. He has always represented his sport very well, and he will be deeply missed. I represent Major League Baseball pays tribute to Phil’s family, friends and the many fans he has gained in the national recreational sports throughout his life.”
The symbol of Nikkor’s career success and longevity is the knuckles, which is a whimsical floater that not only confuses batters and receivers, but also makes those who never really know how to dance to the plate without spin The pitcher was confused.
Niekro is the king of fighters, ranking first in wins and strikeouts (3,342). Tom Candiotti (Tom Candiotti) was a famous salesman at the time and a teammate of Nick (Niekro’s) and the Cleveland Indians in 1986. He said that talking to Knucksie is like “talking about light bulbs with Thomas Edison.”
If the reason for staying in the majors can be attributed to Klausler, then the same factor can also explain Nicoro’s initial difficulty in entering the major leagues. Niekro’s long-term stay in the Braves minor league system often confused their catchers and managers who are cautious about passing and field throws. He signed in 1958 and hasn’t made a breakthrough in the past ten years. However, everything Nicoro has, he believes.
He said: “I never knew how to throw a fastball, nor did I learn how to throw a hockey, a slider, a split finger, no matter what they throw now.” “I am a one-pound pitcher.”
Niekro was first called by Milwaukee in 1964 when he was on a seesaw between college students and minors, a pitcher struggling to find a suitable catcher. In 1967, when he united with Bob Uecker, he discovered both.
Niekro said: “Ueck tells me if I always want to be the winner of a wrestler, he will try to catch it.” “I lead the Times League [1.87], His passing rate ranks first in the league. “
Uecker admitted that he did a lot of chases.
Uecker is now the announcer of the Hall of Fame. “I met a lot of important people. They all sat behind home runs.”
By 1969, Niekro became an All-Star. His 23 victories that season earned him second place in the National Youth League Cy Young Award voting. He will live in the head of a batter for another twenty years. He said: “There are not many batsmen who like to face pitchers.” “They may not be intimidated by them, but they must be thinking about them before they get into the box.”
Former Yankee All-Star outfielder Bobby Murcer said: “Trying to hit Phil Niekro is like eating Jell-O with chopsticks.”
Hall of Fame member Ernie Banks said: “He just used that knuckle to ruin your timing.” “It flies around, jumping around like crazy, you just can’t hit it.”
Former outfielder Rick Monday said: “It’s actually smiling.”
Niekro was born in Blaine, Ohio on April 1, 1939, and is the proud descendant of the family dynasty. Phil Niekro Sr., a part-time semi-professional pitcher, has mastered this killer after an arm injury threatened to end the game. He wants to teach his son Phil (Phil Jr.) and Joe (Joe) the stadium when they were young. Phil (Phil) and Joe (Joe) are called “Knucksie” and “Little Knucksie” respectively. They learned well and participated in 46 major league seasons in total and won Six All-Star berths, and perhaps their proudest score won 539 points.
Their total number of victories is still the main league record for the brothers and sisters, as they surpassed another brother combination represented by the Hall of Fame: Gaylord and Jim Perry (529 victories).
Although Phil and Joe Niekro teamed up twice with the 1973-74 Warriors and the 1985 Yankees, the two self-proclaimed best friends are more often friendly opponents. In 1979, Phil, who pitched for the Braves, and Joe, who pitched for the Astros, tied for the league’s most victories, with 21 goals per game. They competed against each other and became opponents on the mound, Joe defeated his brother 5-4 in his career. The home run that won the game caused Phil to give up Joe, which was the only home run that Joe hit in his 22-year career.
When Phil Niekro won his 300th game, Joe was by his side, which was undoubtedly the most unique victory in his brother’s career. October 6, 1985, the last day of the season. The Yankees missed the playoffs the day before and lost in Toronto. In the final, manager Billy Martin (Billy Martin) handed the responsibility of the pitching coach to Joe Niekro and the ball to Phil Niekro. Phil tried to win the No. 300 championship for the fifth time, but he was turned away by the Jays team on corners, slips, fastballs and spirals, and entered ninth.
He will say later that he wants to prove that he is a pitcher, not just a boxer. Then, emotion was finally eliminated twice in the ninth game. Facing old friends, former brave teammate Jeff Burroughs (Jeff Burroughs), Phil Niekro (Phil Niekro) took 4 shots, these were the last three boxers. Burroughs broke through, the Yankees achieved an 8-0 victory, and Niekro became his milestone.
Nicoro said: “I want to know if there is a way to win my 300th game by knocking down that guy, and I will do it with the stadium that won my first game.”
Phil Niekro’s game time ended in 1987, but as the manager of the Women’s Barn Storm Colorado Silver Bullets (1994-97), he will wear a uniform again. His pitching coach? Joe Niekro (Joe Niekro).
Phil Niekro died of Joe Niekro, who suffered a fatal cerebral aneurysm in 2006.