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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 Treasure Valley Cubs Pioneer League Rk CHC
1966 21 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League AA 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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