Last week we spotlighted the Alou Brothers and Felipe Alou’s son Moises Alou. This week it the Niekro Brothers …Joe and Phil.
Joe Niekro pitched for the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers with occasional success before joining Phil with the Atlanta Braves in 1973. Joe used a fastball and a slider early in his career, with mixed results. He spent two seasons in Atlanta with Phil and got re-acquainted with the knuckleball that their father taught them. The knuckleball became an essential part of his arsenal though never his sole pitch. Joe threw harder than Phil and could set up batters nearly as effectively with his fastball in combination with his excellent changeup.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights ,,,Joe Niekro.
|April 16, 1967, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 29, 1988, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||3.59|
|Career highlights and awards|