Joe Niekro passed away yesterday at the age of 61. The cause of death was a brain aneurism. He and his brother Phil were phenomenally successful as a brace of brother pitchers. Joe’s son, Lance, currently plays for the Houston Astros. Joe’s career in the Major-Leagues spanned 21 years and seven teams.
In this age of the seven-inning pitcher, remember that in 1982, Joe started 35 games and completed 16 with five shutouts. It was a different era, but it is remarkable.