Phil Niekro Passes Away

1982: Phil Niekro #35 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during a 1982 season game. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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.

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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