View cart for details. He & Joe Niekro won combined to win 539 games – a record for brothers. However, baseball would prove to be his calling. Disdaining vigorous exercise, he spent his free time fishing or dancing the polka. He also has aided the March of Dimes, Big Brothers Association, and the Empty Stocking Fund. Pronunciation: \NEE-kro\ View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject.

In the League Championship Playoffs, Niekro set a record he would rather forget. As a result of Niekro’s easy-going attitude and his paralyzing pitch-the knuckleball-he recorded 318 victories against 274 setbacks. There are 1 items available. Niekro visited Chavez Ravine many times; 21 of his 25 big league seasons were in the National League.

However, Phil signed with the Yankees and compiled a 16-8 won-lost record in 1984. And Niekro indeed threw a lively ball.

He attributes his outstanding success to his personal philosophy. Jamie Moyer would later eclipse the mark by spinning a scoreless game at age 47 years, 170 days. “The only things I could ever do better than John was catch fish, shoot squirrels and throw the knuckleball,” Niekro laughed. International shipping and import charges paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. Any international shipping and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. International shipping paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. Any international shipping is paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. Phil Niekro 1978 Topps #10 Atlanta Braves Baseball Card, 1989 Swell Baseball Phil Niekro Card #22 Atlanta Braves MLB HOF, Phil Niekro Card 1966 Topps #28 Atlanta Braves BGS BCCG 8, Phil Niekro 1982 Kellogg's 3-D Baseball Card # 36, Atlanta Braves MLB HOF’er, Phil Niekro Card 1966 Topps #28 Atlanta Braves BGS BCCG 7, 1981 ATLANTA BRAVES Topps COMPLETE MLB Team Set 25 Cards MURPHY NIEKRO HORNER, 1971 TOPPS #30 PHIL NIEKRO, PSA 7 NM, HOF, ATLANTA BRAVES, SET-BREAK, L@@K, 1966 Topps Phil Niekro HOF #28 Atlanta Braves, 1972 Topps Phil Niekro Baseball Card #620 Atlanta Braves HOF, Phil Niekro HOF 1979 TOPPS Baseball #595 (NM+) Atlanta Braves, 1969 Topps Phil Niekro Baseball Card #355 Atlanta Braves EX or BETTER, 1983 Topps Phil Niekro baseball card Lot Atlanta Braves NrMt #410 MLB Veteran, An item that has never been opened or removed from the manufacturer’s sealing (if applicable). Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1965 season Agents: Bruce Church . He won 20 games or more three times, including 23 in 1969 to lead Atlanta to the NL West Division crown. Paralyzing batters with his fluttering knuckleball, Niekro won 318 games (the 19th player in big-league history to reach the 300 plateau) in 24 seasons with the Atlanta Braves (20 years), New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians despite only winning 31 games by the age of 30, meaning he averaged 15.9 victories a year for the last 18 years of his career! Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. It was the 530th win for the Niekros, breaking the mark of 529 set by Jim and Gaylord Perry.

Niekro’s card had an image from his rookie year with the Braves who were in their penultimate year in Milwaukee. Despite back-to-back 16-win seasons, they offered him $380,000. PHIL NIEKRO 1979 Topps #595 EX-EXMT MLB Atlanta Braves HOF. Niekro was always easy going and let nothing rattle him as he became one of baseball history’s premier hurlers. Another prominent knuckleballer, Tom Candiotti, w… “My greatest thrill in baseball was signing my first major league contract in our kitchen, with my father and mother, my brother, Joe and my sister, Phyllis present,” Niekro said. $5.00 + shipping . Niekro accomplished his historic feat after only winning 31 games by the age of 30. Niekro's 318 career victories are the most by a knuckleball pitcher and rank 16th on MLB's all-time wins list. Niekro was always easy going and let nothing rattle him as he became one of baseball history’s premier hurlers. “It takes only three hours out of a day to play a baseball game, so that leaves you 21 more to improve yourself in life.” –PHIL NIEKRO. Niekro never regarded himself as a great athlete, but he was remarkably durable, pitching more than 1,000 innings over a three-year period (’77-’79). When asked what he did to celebrate his big win, Phil replied, “Not much. The other card is an ’87 Record Breaker card of Phil and brother Joe. Phil Niekro was born on Saturday, April 1, 1939, in Blaine, Ohio. Free shipping for many products! He attributes his outstanding success to his personal philosophy. International shipment of items may be subject to customs processing and additional charges. Philip Henry Niekro (pronounced NEE-kro) (born April 1, 1939), nicknamed "Knucksie", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), 20 of them with the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves. With a bit of luck he might have won 25 games, but 8-0 and 5-0 leads were lost through rainouts.

Phil Niekro, master of the knuckleball, usually never knuckled to pressure during his 24-year major league pitching career. Trusted seller, fast shipping, and easy returns. You have to accept losses without being defeated.”. You can’t find good polka music on a Tuesday night in Cleveland. Relatives: Brother of Joe Niekro; Uncle of Lance Niekro

1972 Topps Phil Niekro Baseball Card #620 Atlanta Braves HOF. Sellers declare the item's customs value and must comply with customs declaration laws. Item.

He threw a no-hitter in 1973, and in his career, also had one 1-hitter and nine 2-hitters. In games they pitched against each other, Joe had a 5-4 edge, and the only homer he ever hit in the big leagues came off of Phil. He is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the knuckleball. Something went wrong. Niekro was quite a prep basketball star and received athletic scholarships from the University of Detroit and University of West Virginia. Niekro was 46 years, 188 days old when he fired his gem. Nicknamed “Knucksie,” Niekro, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound right-hander, toiled 20 years for usually inept Braves teams. Please enter a number less than or equal to 1. Phil Niekro’s big league career spanned from 1964 until 1987. In 1979, both Niekros won their 21st games on the same day. Niekro has always been active in community service. View Phil Niekro's Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos). In 1969, Niekro finished with a 23-13 record, beating the Cincinnati Reds for six of his wins. When Phil won a ball game on June 1, 1987 it was the 530th victory in the combined careers of Phil and Joe breaking the record previously held by Jim and Gaylord Perry. The next brother combination on the all-time wins list is Jim and Gaylord Perry with 530 combined victories. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program, This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. Niekro’s best pitch was his knuckleball, which at times had an arc of 10 to 15 feet as it traveled from the mound to home plate. Phil Niekro, master of the knuckleball, usually never knuckled to pressure during his 24-year major league pitching career. He retired in 1987 at the age of 48. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program. The historic victory was made all the sweeter by having his brother, Joe, watching the game from the Yankee dugout as a teammate. Prior to the ’86 season, Niekro told the Yankees that he’d sign a new contract for whatever they’d offer, figuring that they would give him the $600,000 he received the previous season. - eBay Money Back Guarantee - opens in new window or tab, This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Niekro was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1964, with the Milwaukee Braves. In June 1987, Phil, pitching for the Cleveland Indians, tossed a 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Among pitchers, only Cy Young, Pud Galvin, and Walter Johnson have been on the mound for more innings than Niekros 5,404and none of them in baseballs post-1920, live-ly ball era. The knuckleballers combined to win 539 games — the most by a brother combination in big league history. Please allow additional time if international delivery is subject to customs processing. Please enter 6 digits for the postal code. HoF Page. is in original shrink wrap (if applicable).

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. Free shipping. Only nine of the 17,000-plus men who have played major league baseball played for more seasons than Phil Niekro, who pitched for the Braves, Yankees, Indians, and Blue Jays for 24 seasons. He used this pitch very effectively to record the first no-hitter in Atlanta Braves’ history-a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres-on August 5, 1973 in front of the home crowd at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. He won 121 games after the age of 40, the only man in major league baseball history to accomplish this feat. Card is shipped in a plastic top loader. At 46, he became the oldest pitcher in history to toss a shutout; and his 16th victory enabled him to become the oldest hurler to win more than nine games in a season. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for 1971 Topps #30 Phil Niekro HOF at the best online prices at eBay! Required fields are marked *, "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball…". Get the item you ordered or get your money back. He also recorded one 1-hitter and nine 2-hitters in his career.

In fact, 268 of his 318 career victories also came in the senior circuit. The 1982 Braves, who established a major league record by winning 13 consecutive victories at the outset (later tied in 1987 by the Milwaukee Brewers), clinched the Western Division title as Niekro compiled an impressive 17-4 won-lost record at the age of 43!

Excludes: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Macedonia. When Niekro was released by the Braves after the ’83 campaign, many people expected him to retire. The early card pictures “Knucksie” with his familiar Braves team while the later image catches him with the Yankees with whom he became the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout. He formed Phil Niekro Roasts, Inc. to help raise funds for Spina Bifida, the second most common birth defect. $22.49.

Both were knuckleballers (Phil used the pitch a longer time). SABR Bio. He allowed nine runs (five in the fifth inning) in the opener of the best-of-three-game series to the eventual World Champion New York Mets. A remarkably durable athlete, Niekro pitched more than 1,000 innings over three seasons (1977-79). Besides that, the contract was non-guaranteed – he’d have to make the team to earn the money. He wa… “My philosophy toward life and athletics is very simple and similar,” Niekro says.

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