The mood among the Yankees was loose before the game, but the goal was clear-cut, too. So for the first 26 outs – as New York built a 5-0 advantage after five innings and led 8-0 going into the bottom of the ninth – Niekro used a variety of change-ups, curveballs and even a screwball to hold the Blue Jays to four walks and three hits. In 1914, Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell died at age 37. Niekro pitched two more seasons in the big leagues with the Indians and Braves following his 300th win, adding 18 more wins to his victory total. (tie) x-Steve Carlton 314 Gaylord Perry 314 13. “I can’t say it (winning 300 games) has never been done before because it has been,” Niekro said. Niekro Gets 300th Win--a Shutout of Blue Jays - Los Angeles Times The latest, coming in his 804th major league game, raised Niekro’s career record to 300-250 and his season mark to 16-12. Maybe it will set an example for some people who don’t have that ability to throw the fastball or curveball. “I would trade this in for a game that meant something in the pennant race,” said Niekro, who won New York’s 97th game, allowing the team to finish two behind Toronto. If you do have a pitch that you can get over the plate, you can win.”. But Toronto’s win on Saturday left Niekro’s quest for 300 the main story on the regular season’s final day. "So with two outs in the ninth inning, Joe, not the pitching coach, came to the mound to tell me if I got one more out, I'd be the oldest pitcher ever [at 46] to throw a shutout,'' Phil said. California’s November election will feature 12 statewide ballot measures. “If you do have a pitch you can get over the plate, you can win.”. Endorsements. H SO BB ERA 1964 Milwaukee (n) 10 15 0 0 .000 15 8 7 4.80 1965 Milwaukee (n) 41 75 2 3 .400 73 49 26 2.88 1967 Atlanta 46 207 11 9 .550 164 129 55 1.87 1968 Atlanta 37 257 14 12 .538 228 140 45 2.59 1969 Atlanta 40 284 23 13 .639 235 193 57 2.57 1970 Atlanta 34 230 12 18 .400 222 168 68 4.27 1971 Atlanta 42 269 15 14 .517 248 173 70 2.98 1972 Atlanta 38 282 16 12 .571 254 164 53 3.06 1973 Atlanta 42 245 13 10 .565 214 131 89 3.31 1974 Atlanta 41 302 20 13 .606 249 195 88 2.38 1975 Atlanta 39 276 15 15 .500 285 144 72 3.20 1976 Atlanta 38 271 17 11 .607 249 173 101 3.29 1977 Atlanta 44 330 16 20 .444 315 262 164 4.04 1978 Atlanta 44 334 19 18 .514 295 248 102 2.88 1979 Atlanta 44 342 21 20 .512 311 208 113 3.39 1980 Atlanta 40 275 15 18 .455 256 176 85 3.63 1981 Atlanta 22 139 7 7 .500 120 62 56 3.11 1982 Atlanta 35 234.1 17 4 .810 225 144 73 3.61 1983 Atlanta 34 201.2 11 10 .524 212 128 105 3.97 1984 NY Yankees 32 215.2 16 8 .667 219 136 76 3.09 1985 NY Yankees 33 220 16 12 .571 203 149 119 4.09 AL Totals 64 431.2 32 19 .627 415 283 193 3.49 NL Totals 739 4619 268 230 .538 4218 2912 1452 3.20 Career Totals 803 5050.2 300 250 .545 4637 3197 1649 3.21, 1. "Please tell me you do Jack Nicholson.'' Then, after Phil Niekro got two quick outs and yielded Toronto’s seventh and last hit (a pinch-hit double by Tony Fernandez), Martin sent Joe Niekro, acting as a substitute pitching coach, to the mound. "Please tell me that you do other impersonations,'' I said to him. And for 26 outs Sunday, on his way to an 8-0 victory over Toronto, Phil Niekro, the knuckleballer, simply became Phil Niekro the pitcher. But with former Braves teammate Jeff Burroughs at the plate with two outs, Niekro called on his trusted friend. Michael Welch 311 14. I don’t know what he wants to do with the ball and the hat, but they’re going to be his.”. “Get ‘Knucksie’ the 300,” Bobby Meacham said. Joe wanted to know if Phil thought an intentional walk to Burroughs, a former teammate in Atlanta, was in order.

He had even been joined in the Yankees clubhouse by his brother Joe Niekro, who was acquired by New York from the Astros for the stretch drive. In 1984, he signed with the New York Yankees. You love baseball. Niekro also got long-ball support from Mike Pagliarulo, who hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Don Mattlingly, who hit a solo homer in the ninth, his 35th. Charles Radbourn 308 15. x-Tom Seaver 304 16. He earned a no-decision when the Yankees rallied for a 5-4 win over Baltimore on Sept. 30, a win that left New York five games behind the Blue Jays with six days left on the schedule.

But for Niekro, the game meant a chance to enter the record books as the 18th 300-game winner in history. Charles Nichols 360 8. On Oct. 6, 1985, Niekro started the Yankees’ final game of the season against the Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. While still a player, he tried other jobs: vaudeville, stage actor, bartender and alligator wrestler. “Phil just smiled at me,” Burroughs said. The Blue Jays had runners at second and third. Niekro was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997. It had been a long four weeks for Phil Niekro, sitting on 299 wins. In 2013, Clayton Kershaw became the second starting pitcher ever to hit a home run to break up a scoreless tie in the eighth inning or later, joining Juan Pizarro, who homered off Tom Seaver in 1971. So, after Burroughs took a fastball for a strike, he got three butterflies.

or have a Dwight Gooden curveball to win in the big leagues. Phil Niekro signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees on Jan. 5, 1984. “He was as much a part of these 300 wins as I was,” said Niekro, who was taught the knuckleball by his father. The RBI was a major league-leading 145th for Mattingly, who also collected three singles. Glavine’s performance in his 300th victory was one indicative of his entire career. (tie) x-Phil Niekro 300 Lefty Grove 300 Early Wynn 300 x-Active players, The complete list of L.A. Times’ endorsements in the November 2020 election. What issues are on the ballot in California and Los Angeles County. Niekro makes his pitch for 300th win | Baseball Hall of Fame Skip to main content Baseball Hall of Fame Endorsement: The Times endorses Hoffman, Anderson, Henderson and Han for LACCD. Your guide to the 2020 election in California. I’m going to take him my hat and give him my baseball. The Yankees found themselves one-and-a-half games behind the Blue Jays following games on that day, and for the next four weeks the teams battled down the stretch. “I always wanted to pitch a game without throwing a knuckleball,” Niekro told the Associated Press after the game.

But it wasn’t until Phil made a radical decision – turning his back on the pitch that made him famous – that the milestone victory arrived. I was covering the Rangers at the time. ON THIS DATE IN 1939, Phil Niekro was born. As you know, the knuckleball was taught to me by my father, and I’ve thrown it my whole career. Niekro Gets 300th Win—a Shutout of Blue Jays TORONTO—Twenty-one years and 299 victories into his career, Phil Niekro decided to prove he was more than just a knuckleball pitcher. The night before, he and his brother, Joe, also a Yankees pitcher, decided that Joe would pitch in relief of Phil so he could potentially have a part in Phil's historic 300th win. In reversal, Trump administration approves California wildfire relief funding. A look at California’s November ballot propositions. Niekro got more good news following the game when Joe informed him that their father, who had been ill in a West Virginia hospital, had been taken out of intensive care. In 1987, Tony Pena was traded from the Pirates to the Cardinals. He was a kind but unusual man who occasionally wouldn't show up at the ballpark and once was found playing marbles with kids while his team was playing.