Joe Niekro

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Birthday
7, 1944
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Oct 27, 2006 (61)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
7, 1944
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Oct 27, 2006 (61)

About

One of the most successful knuckleball pitchers of all time, he won 221 games with seven different teams throughout his 22-year career. He primarily played for the Houston Astros from 1975 until 1985.

Before Fame

He starred at West Liberty University as a fastball pitcher before becoming well known for his famous knuckleball.

Trivia

He was once named Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News but never won the Cy Young Award.

Family Life

His brother Phil won 318 games in the majors. He died from a brain aneurysm. His daughter Natalie would create The Joe Niekro Foundation in his honor.

Associated With

He pitched in his only World Series game in 1987 alongside teammate and Hall of Fame center fielder Kirby Puckett.