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Joe Niekro

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Joe Niekro's Biography

Joseph Franklin Niekro (November 7, 1944 – October 27, 2006) was an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He was the younger brother of pitcher Phil Niekro, and the father of Minor League Baseball pitcher Lance Niekro. A native of Blaine, Ohio, Niekro attended Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio and attended West Liberty University in West Liberty, West Virginia. During a 22-year baseball career, he pitched from 1967-1988 for seven different teams, pitching primarily for the Houston Astros.

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Joe Niekro News Stories

  • Players know pitchers try for better grip on ball

      News Source: The News Tribune | 7 days ago
    Using a suspicious substance for a better hold of the baseball on cool days is not such a sticky situation. Whether it's the Yankees' Michael Pineda with a mysterious brown goo on his hand, Boston's Jon Lester with a green smudge in his glove or
  • Foreign substances on mound nothing new

      News Source: The Orange County Register | 7 days ago
    Michael Pineda is only the latest in a long line of pitchers suspected of nefarious conduct on the mound. After the New York Yankees' right-hander kept Boston's offense in check for six innings Thursday night, postgame talk centered on the dark,
  • ELITE EIGHT: Get to know the West Liberty Hilltoppers

      News Source: Courier & Press | 24 days ago
    Brad Paisley, country music singer; Joe Niekro, won 221 games in 22-year major league pitching career; Mark Murphy, former NFL safety and member of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame; John Corbett, actor and country singer known for his leading role in

Joe Niekro Blogs

  • Astros underserving MVP votes - Astros County

      Blog Source: | 6 days ago
    1980 - Joe Niekro (3 pts, 19th) is a surprising inclusion here, as he looked to have a good year on the surface. Niekro went 20-12 with a 3.55 ERA, for a surprisingly low 0.9 WAR. That ERA was actually 7% below league average that season, ...
  • Being Faithful to the Past: Why Retired Numbers Should Stay ....

      Blog Source: | 6 days ago
    "And all of a sudden we have some retired numbers but we weren't producing any Hall of Famers. Usually if you have your number retired by a team, you're in the Hall of Fame. But we kind of set a precedent that now J.R. Richard, Joe
  • Oswalt, Berkman Retire as Astros | Hall of Very Good

      Blog Source: | 6 days ago
    Oswalt finished up his career in Houston one win shy of Joe Niekro's club record 144 victories. Berkman was the team's first pick in the 1997 and two years later, made his debut for the Astros. He'd wrap up his career with a career .293

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