The seventh Hall of Fame
Major League Baseball has lost a legend. Baseball pitcher Phil Niekro passed away after a night of fighting cancer. The Atlanta Braves and the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Sunday. He has lived at the age of 81 years.
Jane Forbes has said that Phil Niekro’s record on the pitch ranks him as one of the best pitchers in baseball. As a mentor, leader and friend, Phil has brought the best out of all of the MLB in Cooperstown. Niekro had served more than a decade as a Hall of Fame Board Member. He is wisdom, compassion and a love for baseball have proven invaluable in helping MLB shape its decisions. Representative of the Board of Directors and National Baseball Hall of Fame staff, Jane Fobes extended his condolences to Niekro’s family.
All about Niekro
Niekro was born and raised in Ohio and he was a regular pitching prospect from the start of his life. His father taught him knuckleball as a child and he switched to knuckleball full time when he took part in minor tournaments with the Braves in the early 1960s. Niekro made his MLB debut in 1964 and played. 24 seasons in major tournaments, including 21 with the Braves.
In a career spanning from 1964-87, Niekro achieved 318-274 with 3.35 ERA and 3,342 sorties. He missed the target in 1973 and . However, he was one of the only 10 men in history with 300 wins and 3,000 hits. His 5,404 pitches are the fourth most in history. He also had the most of the pitchers that started their careers in the live ball era (1920 to present).
Niekro left the Braves as a freelance agent and signed with the Yankees in 1984. After two seasons in New York, he was transferred to Cleveland, after which he ended his career with Blue Jays and returned. Atlanta at age 48 in 1987, Niekro was the last to hit 300 innings in consecutive seasons (1977-79).
Niekro is the seventh member of the Hall of Fame to die in 2020. Specially, Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan and Tom Seaver all passed away earlier this year.