13. Joe Niekro
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 7, 1944 in Martins Ferry, OH USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 16, 1967
  • Final Game: April 29, 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1979
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1979
Far more than just Phil’s younger brother, Joe Niekro had his best seasons of his twenty plus year career as a Houston Astro.  Niekro would post two consecutive 20 win seasons both of which saw him make the top five in NL Cy Young voting.  Joe Niekro would have 144 wins and 1,178 strikeouts with the Astros.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Atlanta Braves for $35,000 4/6/75.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Yankees for Jim Deshaises and a Player to be Named Later 9/15/85.
  • Games Played: 397
  • Notable Statistics: 144-116 Record
    301 Games Started
    3.22 ERA
    82 Complete Games
    2,270 Innings Pitched
    1,178 Strikeouts
    3.59 FIP
    1.264 WHIP
    23.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All Star Game (1979)
    Most Shutouts (1979)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1977, 1978 & 1979)
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