Sad news today, as just a few moments ago, Hall of Fame pitcher and Hall of Fame human being Phil Niekro had passed away. The 81 year old, who was born in Blaine, Ohio and played 24 seasons in the big leagues, was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. For his career, Niekro ranks 16th all time in wins, just behind Nolan Ryan, which both of these pitchers share a distinct “honor” as both of them were one of the absolute best pitchers of their respective generations, but neither ever took home a CY Young award.
Niekro will be remembered as being a revolutionary with the Knuckleball, and showing the ways it allows a pitcher to stay in the big leagues, despite old age, as Niekro pitched until he was 48. May Phil Niekro rest in peace.