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Baseball with Matt: Phil Niekro

Hey baseball fans!

Matt Nadel of Baseball with Matt here with some more on the history of America’s Pastime. Today, I will be telling you about one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. This pitcher played for 24 years, won over 300 games, and managed to do that by playing on some pretty bad teams. I give you: Phil Niekro! 

Phil Niekro (Courtesy of home.messiah.edu)

Phil Niekro (Courtesy of home.messiah.edu)

During a 24-year career from 1964-1987 with the Braves, Yankees, Indians and Blue Jays, Phil “Knucksie” Niekro relied on a very difficult to hit knuckleball that troubled many Major League hitters. His career record of 318 wins (16th all time) and 274 losses resulted in a fairly low winning percentage, but was a winning percentage significantly higher than the teams for which he pitched, considering he played for the Braves for 21 years during a tough time in Atlanta. Phil led the NL in victories twice and led the Hank Aaron Braves to the NL West title in 1969, when he won 23 games, pitched 21 complete games and had a 2.57 ERA. The five-time All-Star no-hit the Padres in August of 1973 and after he retired, managed the all-women Colorado Silver Bullets baseball team.

 So, as you can see, I have proved my point; Phil is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back in a few days for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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