Phil Niekro

Phil Niekro
Birthdate 4/1/1939
Death Date 12/26/2020
Debut Year 1964
Year of Induction 1997
Teams Blue Jays, Braves, Indians, Yankees
Position Pitcher

Phil Niekro holds the MLB record with 121 victories after the age of 40. He & Joe Niekro won combined to win 539 games – a record for brothers.

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Handwritten letter from knuckleballer Phil Niekro

Handwritten letter from knuckleballer Phil Niekro

Three-hundred game winner Phil Niekro recalls a visit to Dodger Stadium, wishes a fan well, and mentions that some enclosed pictures. Niekro visited Chavez Ravine many times; 21 of his 25 big league seasons were in the National League. In fact, 268 of his 318 career victories also came in the senior
Phil Niekro signs a pair of Topps cards, manufactured two decades apart

Phil Niekro signs a pair of Topps cards, manufactured two decades apart

Phil Niekro’s big league career spanned from 1964 until 1987. Shown here are two autographed baseball cards, one from 1966 near the start of this career and the other from 1985 only two seasons away from the end. The early card pictures “Knucksie” with his familiar
A Super Veteran and another MLB record

A Super Veteran and another MLB record

In 1983 Topps put out a nice addition to their set when the printed the Super Veteran series that featured a picture of the players from early in their careers and from 1983, the year the cards were printed. Niekro’s card had an image from his rookie year with the Braves who were in their penu
Baseball card featuring autographs of the Niekro brothers

Baseball card featuring autographs of the Niekro brothers

Phil and Joe Niekro hold a special place in baseball history. The knuckleballers combined to win 539 games — the most by a brother combination in big league history. Hall of Famer Phil won 318 games while Joe chipped in with another 221. The next brother combination on the all-time wins list

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