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Joe Niekro    \KNEE-kro\

Joseph Franklin Niekro

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: November 7, 1944 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, US
Died: October 27, 2006 in Tampa, Florida, US
High School: Bridgeport HS (Bridgeport, OH)
School: West Liberty State College (West Liberty, WV)

Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 7th round of the 1966 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase from West Liberty State College (West Liberty, WV) and the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round of the 1966 MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase from West Liberty State College (West Liberty, WV).

Major League Stats


Minors Pitching

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1966 21 -1.5 3 Teams 3 Lgs AA-A-Rk CHC 6 6 .500 2.08 17 14 108.0 92 35 25 2 22 50 1.056 7.7 0.2 1.8 4.2 2.27
1966 21 1.9 Treasure Valley PION Rk CHC 0 0 0.00 1 1 4.0 4 0 0 0 1 1.250 9.0 0.0 2.2
1966 21 0.0 Quincy MIDW A CHC 1 2 .333 1.08 4 3 25.0 17 7 3 0 6 0.920 6.1 0.0 2.2
1966 21 -2.1 Dallas-Fort Worth TL AA CHC 5 4 .556 2.51 12 10 79.0 71 28 22 2 15 50 1.089 8.1 0.2 1.7 5.7 3.33
1972 27 2.1 Toledo IL AAA DET 2 0 1.000 0.64 2 2 2 1 0 14.0 6 1 1 0 3 0 11 0 0 1 0.643 3.9 0.0 1.9 7.1 3.67
1973 28 3.1 Toledo IL AAA DET 7 10 .412 3.71 26 20 8 0 0 143.0 148 74 59 10 47 2 77 9 0 2 1.364 9.3 0.6 3.0 4.8 1.64
1974 29 3.8 Richmond IL AAA ATL 8 1 .889 2.08 30 0 0 0 7 52.0 44 14 12 2 18 2 50 0 0 0 1.192 7.6 0.3 3.1 8.7 2.78
1975 30 5.6 Iowa AA AAA HOU 1 0 1.000 5.00 7 0 0 0 1 9.0 7 6 5 1 7 0 9 0 0 0 1.556 7.0 1.0 7.0 9.0 1.29
5 Seasons 24 17 .585 2.82 82 36 10 1 8 326.0 297 130 102 15 97 4 197 9 0 3 1.209 8.2 0.4 2.7 5.4 2.03
Rk (1 season) Rk 0 0 0.00 1 1 4.0 4 0 0 0 1 1.250 9.0 0.0 2.2
A (1 season) A 1 2 .333 1.08 4 3 25.0 17 7 3 0 6 0.920 6.1 0.0 2.2
AA (1 season) AA 5 4 .556 2.51 12 10 79.0 71 28 22 2 15 50 1.089 8.1 0.2 1.7 5.7 3.33
AAA (4 seasons) AAA 18 11 .621 3.18 65 22 10 1 8 218.0 205 95 77 13 75 4 147 9 0 3 1.284 8.5 0.5 3.1 6.1 1.96
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Minors Batting

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1966 21 -1.9 3 Teams 3 Lgs AA-A-Rk CHC 17 36 2 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 9 .139 .222 8
1966 21 1.6 Treasure Valley PION Rk CHC 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 0
1966 21 -0.2 Quincy MIDW A CHC 4 8 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 1
1966 21 -2.5 Dallas-Fort Worth TL AA CHC 12 27 27 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 9 .148 .148 .259 .407 7
1972 27 1.5 Toledo IL AAA DET 2 6 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .600 1.000 3 0 1 0
1973 28 3.1 Toledo IL AAA DET 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 29 3.8 Richmond IL AAA ATL 30 9 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .143 .250 .143 .393 1 0 1 0
1975 30 5.3 Iowa AA AAA HOU 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Seasons 82 51 48 4 8 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 11 .167 .184 .250 .434 12 0 2 0
Rk (1 season) Rk 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0
A (1 season) A 4 8 8 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .250 1
AA (1 season) AA 12 27 27 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 9 .148 .148 .259 .407 7
AAA (4 seasons) AAA 65 15 12 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250 .308 .333 .641 4 0 2 0
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Minors Fielding

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G CG Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
1966 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk CHC P 5 0.00
1966 21 Treasure Valley PION Rk CHC P 1 0.00
1966 21 Quincy MIDW A CHC P 4 0.00
1972 27 Toledo IL AAA DET P 2 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 2.50
1973 28 Toledo IL AAA DET P 26 46 12 32 2 6 .957 1.69
1974 29 Richmond IL AAA ATL P 30 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 0.33
1975 30 Iowa AA AAA HOU P 7 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 0.43
5 Seasons 70 64 18 44 2 6 .969 0.89
A 7890 (underlined) value in the totals indicates career mark is incomplete.

Teams Played For

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff
1966 21 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League AA CHC
1966 21 Treasure Valley Cubs Pioneer League Rk CHC
1966 21 Quincy Cubs Midwest League A CHC
1967 22 Chicago Cubs National League MLB CHC 1 1967-04-16 1967-09-26
1968 23 Chicago Cubs National League MLB CHC 1 1968-04-10 1968-09-21
1969 24 Chicago Cubs National League MLB CHC 1 1969-04-11 1969-04-22
1969 24 San Diego Padres National League MLB SDP 2 1969-04-25 1969-10-01
1970 25 Detroit Tigers American League MLB DET 1 1970-04-08 1970-09-25
1971 26 Detroit Tigers American League MLB DET 1 1971-04-09 1971-09-13
1972 27 Toledo Mud Hens International League AAA DET
1972 27 Detroit Tigers American League MLB DET 1 1972-05-10 1972-09-19
1973 28 Toledo Mud Hens International League AAA DET
1973 28 Atlanta Braves National League MLB ATL 1 1973-08-12 1973-09-26
1974 29 Richmond Braves International League AAA ATL
1974 29 Atlanta Braves National League MLB ATL 1 1974-06-15 1974-09-28
1975 30 Iowa Oaks American Association AAA HOU
1975 30 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1975-05-05 1975-09-22
1976 31 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1976-04-11 1976-09-25
1977 32 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1977-04-11 1977-09-30
1978 33 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1978-04-07 1978-10-01
1979 34 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1979-04-08 1979-09-30
1980 35 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1980-04-11 1980-10-06
1981 36 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1981-04-09 1981-10-03
1982 37 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1982-04-07 1982-10-03
1983 38 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1983-04-05 1983-09-28
1984 39 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1984-04-03 1984-09-29
1985 40 Houston Astros National League MLB HOU 1 1985-04-10 1985-09-11
1985 40 New York Yankees American League MLB NYY 2 1985-09-19 1985-10-01
1986 41 New York Yankees American League MLB NYY 1 1986-04-10 1986-09-06
1987 42 New York Yankees American League MLB NYY 1 1987-04-12 1987-06-04
1987 42 Minnesota Twins American League MLB MIN 2 1987-06-09 1987-10-04
1988 43 Minnesota Twins American League MLB MIN 1 1988-04-12 1988-04-29

Sabr ID: cda452f0

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