Autograph Of The Week : Phil Niekro

On Sunday, July 4, 1984, Phil Niekro was playing for the New York Yankees and pitching a game against the Texas Rangers. He struck out five batters that day and became only the ninth member of the elite three-thousand strikeouts club.

"My advice to them (Jim Rice & George Bell) is to DH and play golf." - Larry Parrish
Autograph of the Week

1st Week of July Recipient

Phil Niekro Autograph

1985 Topps

Card Number

Blue Sharpie

Stats are 16 short of 300th win!

Why a Larry Parrish quote? He was Phil Niekro's victim for strikeout number three-thousand!

Phil Niekro is one of the few pitchers to ever accomplish both three-thousand strikeouts and three-hundred wins !

During Phil Niekro's three-hundredth win, he chose not to throw a single knuckleball until the last batter! He then struck out Jeff Burroughs with three consecutive knuckleballs!

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