Joe Niekro Stats

Joe Niekro was born on Tuesday, November 7, 1944, in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Niekro was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1967, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Joe Niekro baseball stats page.

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"Joe (Niekro) certainly was a fun guy, and I think everybody on the team enjoyed him. He added that little mystique of being a veteran quality pitcher, and he threw that unique pitch (a knuckleball). It was great having him on the team. It's hard to measure what one guy meant to the team because they all were important. When you win like that, everybody contributes." - Minnesota Twins Manager (1986-2001) Tom Kelly

Joe Niekro

Joe Niekro Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#54)

Joe Niekro Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#54)

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Birth Name:
Joseph Franklin Niekro
Nickname:
Joe
Born On:
11-07-1944  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-27-2006 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Tampa, Florida
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Bridgeport High School (Bridgeport, OH)
College:
West Liberty State College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
04-16-1967 (Age 22)
Last Game:
04-29-1988
Draft:
1966 : 3rd Round (43rd)

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Joe Niekro Pitching Stats

1967 23 Cubs 36 22 9 10 7 .588 3.34 7 2 0 169.2 706 171 63 68 15 32 7 77 1 2 0 -
1968 24 Cubs 34 29 4 14 10 .583 4.32 2 1 2 177.0 769 204 85 93 18 59 8 65 3 3 0 -
1969 25 Cubs 4 3 0 0 1 .000 3.72 0 0 0 19.1 86 24 8 9 3 6 0 7 0 0 0 -
1969 25 Padres 37 31 6 8 17 .320 3.70 8 3 0 202.0 842 213 83 91 15 45 9 55 4 0 0 -
1970 26 Tigers 38 34 2 12 13 .480 4.06 6 2 0 213.0 914 221 96 107 28 72 4 101 1 3 0 -
1971 27 Tigers 31 15 5 6 7 .462 4.49 0 0 1 122.1 540 136 61 62 13 49 3 43 2 2 0 -
1972 28 Tigers 18 7 4 3 2 .600 3.83 1 0 1 47.0 199 62 20 20 3 8 1 24 2 1 0 -
1973 29 Braves 20 0 11 2 4 .333 4.13 0 0 3 24.0 99 23 11 11 2 11 1 12 3 0 0 -
1974 30 Braves 27 2 9 3 2 .600 3.56 0 0 0 43.0 178 36 17 19 5 18 2 31 3 2 0 -
1975 31 Astros 40 4 21 6 4 .600 3.07 1 1 4 88.0 378 79 30 32 3 39 4 54 2 2 0 -
1976 32 Astros 36 13 5 4 8 .333 3.36 0 0 0 118.0 515 107 44 60 8 56 1 77 8 1 0 -
1977 33 Astros 44 14 12 13 8 .619 3.04 9 2 5 180.2 737 155 61 66 14 64 3 101 5 1 1 -
1978 34 Astros 35 29 2 14 14 .500 3.86 10 1 0 202.2 861 190 87 97 13 73 1 97 9 9 0 -
1979 35 Astros 38 38 0 21 11 .656 3.00 11 5 0 263.2 1,095 221 88 102 17 107 1 119 19 7 0 -
1980 36 Astros 37 36 1 20 12 .625 3.55 11 2 0 256.0 1,096 268 101 119 12 79 3 127 12 4 0 -
1981 37 Astros 24 24 0 9 9 .500 2.82 5 2 0 166.0 676 150 52 60 8 47 4 77 7 0 0 -
1982 38 Astros 35 35 0 17 12 .586 2.47 16 5 0 270.0 1,067 224 74 79 12 64 1 130 19 5 0 -
1983 39 Astros 38 38 0 15 14 .517 3.48 9 1 0 263.2 1,113 238 102 115 15 101 5 152 14 3 1 -
1984 40 Astros 38 38 0 16 12 .571 3.04 6 1 0 248.1 1,027 223 84 104 16 89 4 127 12 4 1 -
1985 41 Astros 32 32 0 9 12 .429 3.72 4 1 0 213.0 925 197 88 100 21 99 6 117 21 5 1 -
1985 41 Yankees 3 3 0 2 1 .667 5.84 0 0 0 12.1 58 14 8 8 3 8 0 4 0 0 0 -
1986 42 Yankees 25 25 0 9 10 .474 4.87 0 0 0 125.2 571 139 68 84 15 63 3 59 10 1 1 -
1987 43 Yankees 8 8 0 3 4 .429 3.55 1 0 0 50.2 211 40 20 25 4 19 0 30 0 4 0 -
1987 43 Twins 19 18 0 4 9 .308 6.26 0 0 0 96.1 444 115 67 76 11 45 0 54 13 6 0 -
1988 44 Twins 5 2 2 1 1 .500 10.03 0 0 0 11.2 59 16 13 13 2 9 0 7 2 0 3 -
22 Years 702 500 93 221 204 .520 3.59 107 29 16 3,584.0 15,166 3,466 1,431 1,620 276 1,262 71 1,747 172 65 8 -

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Joe Niekro Hitting Stats

1967 23 Cubs 36 46 5 9 2 0 0 0 11 1 0 13 9 2 0 1 .196 .204 .239
1968 24 Cubs 34 60 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 23 9 0 0 1 .100 .156 .100
1969 25 Cubs 4 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
1969 25 Padres 38 51 1 6 1 0 0 0 2 6 0 17 5 1 0 3 .118 .207 .137
1970 26 Tigers 39 66 8 13 3 1 0 0 7 7 0 17 15 0 0 0 .197 .274 .273
1971 27 Tigers 32 30 5 4 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 9 6 0 0 0 .133 .188 .167
1972 28 Tigers 18 12 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 .250 .308 .333
1973 29 Braves 20 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
1974 30 Braves 27 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 31 Astros 40 14 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 .214 .313 .214
1976 32 Astros 36 27 1 5 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 8 4 0 0 0 .185 .214 .370
1977 33 Astros 44 50 2 7 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 13 3 0 0 2 .140 .173 .140
1978 34 Astros 36 65 6 9 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 18 9 0 0 2 .138 .138 .169
1979 35 Astros 38 83 1 10 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 21 13 1 0 0 .120 .140 .145
1980 36 Astros 37 80 7 22 5 0 0 0 10 4 0 15 18 0 0 2 .275 .310 .338
1981 37 Astros 24 51 1 9 1 0 0 0 6 2 0 10 11 0 0 0 .176 .208 .196
1982 38 Astros 35 89 2 8 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 30 7 1 0 1 .090 .099 .112
1983 39 Astros 38 85 1 8 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 22 12 0 1 1 .094 .105 .118
1984 40 Astros 38 83 4 11 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 21 11 0 0 0 .133 .153 .133
1985 41 Astros 32 68 6 17 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 16 10 1 0 4 .250 .257 .265
1985 41 Yankees 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 42 Yankees 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1987 43 Yankees 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1987 43 Twins 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1988 44 Twins 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
22 Years 706 973 55 152 26 1 1 0 72 38 0 262 147 6 1 17 .156 .188 .188

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Joe Niekro Fielding Stats

1967 Cubs P 36 22 509 36 1.0 36 10 26 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.91
1968 Cubs P 34 29 531 42 1.2 42 9 33 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.14
1969 Cubs P 4 3 58 7 1.8 7 2 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.26
1969 Padres P 37 31 606 53 1.4 48 19 29 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .906 2.14
1970 Tigers P 38 34 639 53 1.4 52 17 35 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.20
1971 Tigers P 31 15 367 35 1.1 34 9 25 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.50
1972 Tigers P 18 7 141 9 0.5 9 5 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.72
1973 Braves P 20 0 72 7 0.4 7 2 5 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.63
1974 Braves P 27 2 129 12 0.4 12 4 8 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.51
1975 Astros P 40 4 264 20 0.5 20 7 13 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1976 Astros P 36 13 354 25 0.7 22 9 13 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .880 1.68
1977 Astros P 44 14 542 42 1.0 42 11 31 0 7 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.09
1978 Astros P 35 29 608 39 1.1 39 18 21 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
1979 Astros P 38 38 791 53 1.4 53 14 39 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.81
1980 Astros P 37 36 768 56 1.5 54 17 37 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.90
1981 Astros P 24 24 498 34 1.4 34 11 23 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.84
1982 Astros P 35 35 810 67 1.9 64 22 42 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.13
1983 Astros P 38 38 791 49 1.3 45 9 36 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .918 1.54
1984 Astros P 38 38 745 60 1.6 58 19 39 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.10
1985 Astros P 32 32 639 49 1.5 48 14 34 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.03
1985 Yankees P 3 3 37 5 1.7 5 3 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.65
1986 Yankees P 25 25 377 23 0.9 22 9 13 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.58
1987 Yankees P 8 8 152 11 1.4 10 5 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.78
1987 Twins P 19 18 289 18 0.9 17 6 11 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.59
1988 Twins P 5 2 35 5 1.0 5 2 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.86
P Totals 702 500 10,752 810 1.2 785 253 532 25 41 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.97
22 Years 702 500 10,752 810 1.2 785 253 532 25 41 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.97

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Joe Niekro Miscellaneous Stats

1967 Cubs 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 4.2 2.41 4.08 1.70
1968 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 1.10 3.31 3.00
1969 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 2.5 1.17 3.26 2.79
1969 Padres 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.0 25.5 1.22 2.45 2.00
1970 Tigers 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 9.4 1.40 4.27 3.04
1971 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.3 15.0 0.88 3.16 3.60
1972 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 12.0 3.00 4.60 1.53
1973 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 1.09 4.50 4.13
1974 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.0 0.0 1.72 6.49 3.77
1975 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.0 0.0 1.38 5.52 3.99
1976 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 27.0 3.4 27.0 1.38 5.87 4.27
1977 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 25.0 1.58 5.03 3.19
1978 Astros 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 13.0 1.33 4.31 3.24
1979 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 20.8 1.11 4.06 3.65
1980 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 8.0 1.61 4.46 2.78
1981 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 8.5 1.64 4.17 2.55
1982 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 17.8 2.03 4.33 2.13
1983 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 42.5 1.50 5.19 3.45
1984 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 13.8 1.43 4.60 3.23
1985 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 11.3 1.18 4.94 4.18
1985 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 2.92 5.84
1986 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.94 4.23 4.51
1987 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.58 5.33 3.37
1987 Twins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.20 5.05 4.20
1988 Twins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.78 5.40 6.94
22 Years 1 0 1.000 2 2 0 973.0 3.7 13.5 1.38 4.39 3.17

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Joe Niekro Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1967 Chicago Cubs 48 Undetermined - -
1968 Chicago Cubs 48 Undetermined - -
1969 Chicago Cubs 48 $19,000.00 - -
1969 San Diego Padres 37 "     " - -
1970 Detroit Tigers 19 $23,000.00 - -
1971 Detroit Tigers 19 Undetermined - -
1972 Detroit Tigers 19 Undetermined - -
1973 Atlanta Braves 36 $17,000.00 - -
1974 Atlanta Braves 32 Undetermined - -
1975 Houston Astros 36 Undetermined - -
1976 Houston Astros 36 $132,500.00 - -
1977 Houston Astros 36 $141,000.00 - -
1978 Houston Astros 36 $200,000.00 - -
1979 Houston Astros 36 $325,000.00 Stats -
1980 Houston Astros 36 Undetermined - -
1981 Houston Astros 36 Undetermined - -
1982 Houston Astros 36 Undetermined - -
1983 Houston Astros 36 Undetermined - -
1984 Houston Astros 36 Undetermined - -
1985 Houston Astros 36 $825,000.00 - -
1985 New York Yankees 31 "     " - -
1986 New York Yankees 39 , 47 $750,000.00 - -
1987 New York Yankees 39 $775,000.00 - Stats
1987 Minnesota Twins 36 "     " - Stats
1988 Minnesota Twins 36 $800,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Joe (221 career wins) and Phil Niekro (318 career wins) combined for 539 Major League victories, the most successful brother combination in baseball history ? Gaylord and Jim Perry were once the most successful brother combination in baseball history, until they were passed by The Niekros. The Perrys accumulated 529 Major League victories, Gaylord finishing with 314 career wins, Jim had 215.

Two victories before they tied The Perrys, Phil was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times (Roberto Dias, 05/17/1987, "Niekro Brothers Are Closing In on Record", Source ) and said, "Joe and I owe a lot to Dad. And to Mom, too. They provided inspiration and guidance to us, and still do. We Niekros are close-knit. Joe and I have got T-shirts that we both wear. They've read 'Four to go' and 'Three to go.' Now we're both wearing 'Two to go.' Our own family party might have to wait until the All-Star break or August. It'll be wonderful. Every day I think about it. Phil and I talked about it a lot during the off season. It may not be a record that means much to some people, but it means a lot to my brother and me, and it's more of a family thing. Think about it. How many families produce two kids who make it to the major leagues, let alone two pitchers like Joe and I who have been around for a long time and won as many games as we have?"

Joe Niekro only hit one home run during his 22-year Major League career and it was on May 29, 1976 , in the top of the seventh inning, and it was against his brother Phil Niekro !


Joe Niekro Nail File Ejection ( Box Score ) | Video by MLB Properties | August 3, 1987
When Joe Niekro took the field on April 25, 1969 , it was with the expansion 1969 San Diego Padres , their first season in history, and he was their first player to wear #37 . San Diego shutout their opponents on April 9 , April 10 , and June 4 , each time using the bullpen to secure the victory, but on June 27, 1969 , Joe Niekro pitched the first complete game shutout by a Padres pitcher. Ten years later, Joe made history with in Houston Astros pitcher to win 20 games in consecutive seasons.

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