n 1960, when he was playing in the South Atlantic League, Phil Niekro was told that he could pitch in the big leagues if he could get his knuckleball over the plate more consistently. Those words, which came from manager Red Murff, were the springboard to a Hall of Fame career. “No one had ever told me that before, and it was my motivator,” Niekro told me recently. “It was...
1939 – Future Hall of Famer and knuckleball extraordinaire Phil Niekro is born in Blaine, Ohio. Niekro entered the professional baseball circuit with the Milwaukee Braves. Signed as an amateur free agent in 1958, he made his debut in 1964 at the age of 25 and spent his first three seasons working in relief with the club. In 1967, he split his time as a starter and finished the...
The 1987 Cleveland Indians might be the biggest disappointment in Cleveland sports history. The Tribe was supposed to be a contender. They had finished the 1986 season at 84-78, which was the downtrodden franchise’s best record since 1968. The Indians drew 1.47 million people went to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium that summer, the largest number that the Indians had drawn...
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