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joebro25
10-28-2006, 12:21 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2641235


Didn't see it posted yet. Had a brain aneurysm Thursday night. RIP.

thomas35forever
10-28-2006, 12:24 AM
A poster on Motown Sports said it was a "crappy night all around."

RadioheadRocks
10-28-2006, 12:33 AM
That's really a shame. I recently obtained a VHS copy of the 1997 Hall of Fame induction ceremony (was actually there in person to see Nellie Fox FINALLY earn his rightful place!) and he along with the rest of the Niekro family was on hand for Phil's induction (still looked pretty robust too). Really sad news; my condolences and prayers to the Niekro family.

PKalltheway
10-28-2006, 01:04 AM
Whoa, suprising news. RIP Joe Niekro. :(:

Wsoxmike59
10-28-2006, 06:58 AM
Sad news indeed. I remember when Joe was breaking in to the majors with the Chicago Cubs in the late 60's. It was a tough staff to crack with Fergie Jenkins, Ken Holtzman, Bill Hands and Dick Selma.

In the late 60's and early 70's I always thought of Joe as Phil Niekro's less famous little brother, then lo and behold in the late 70's and early 80's Joe just blossomed as a pitcher in the Houston Astros organization and went on to have a very solid baseball career himself.

When it comes to brother pitching duos in the big leagues Phil and Joe Niekro come immediately to mind along with Jim and Gaylord Perry, and Dizzy and Daffy Dean.

http://www.autographedtoyou.com/celebpics/joe_neikro3.jpg

R.I.P. Joe, you were a great Major Leaguer, and more importantly an even better person.

LongLiveFisk
10-28-2006, 09:32 AM
That's really a shame. I recently obtained a VHS copy of the 1997 Hall of Fame induction ceremony (was actually there in person to see Nellie Fox FINALLY earn his rightful place!) and he along with the rest of the Niekro family was on hand for Phil's induction (still looked pretty robust too). Really sad news; my condolences and prayers to the Niekro family.


Was Joe also in the HOF?

Sad news...sorry to hear. :(:

viagracat
10-28-2006, 11:06 AM
I remember him. Supposedly would cut the ball sometimes. He was also said to be a real character. Too bad those kinds of guys are slipping away. Not just in baseball, but overall.

RIP.

TornLabrum
10-29-2006, 07:18 AM
Sad news. When the Cubs were my second team I saw him pitch several times.

RIP Joe.