Joe Niekro was born on November 7, 1944 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, USA as Joseph Franklin Niekro. Hunter — who had already moved out of his marital home with estranged wife Kathleen over his failure to stay sober — says he became close with Hallie after a 2016 trip with her to the Hamptons and began spending most nights at her house while “sharing a very specific grief” over Beau’s 2015 death. … He went just three innings against the Dodgers, allowing six runs on eight hits in a 16-7 loss.  He went 9-9 in 24 games pitched with a 2.82 ERA in 166 innings while striking out 77 batters and walking 47. In 1992, Joe Niekro was inducted in the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
In his final start, he pitched three innings against the Boston Red Sox on April 29, allowing five runs on six hits in three innings. He allowed one hit while striking out one and allowing no runs. | On June 9th, he became the all-time winningest pitcher in Astros history, breaking a tie with Larry Dierker (137) by weaving a complete game shut out of the San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome while allowing just two hits. Other Works Finished 19th in voting for National League MVP and 4th in voting for Cy Young Award in 1980 for having 20-12 Win-Loss record, 37 Games, 36 Games Started, 11 Complete Games, 2 Shutouts, 1 Game Finished, 256 Innings Pitched, 268 Hits Allowed, 119 Runs Allowed, 101 Earned Runs Allowed, 12 Home Runs Allowed, 79 Walks, 127 Strikeouts, 12 Wild Pitches, 3 Intentional Walks and 3.55 ERA. Niekro used a fastball and a slider early in his career, with mixed results. In his one appearance in Game 4, he pitched the fifth and sixth innings. He started the 1983 season as the Opening Day starter. The knuckleball became an essential part of his arsenal though never his sole pitch. And I realized that I’m not helping anybody by sticking around.”. Facing the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, he went seven innings while allowing two runs on eight hits in the 2-0 loss. This story has been shared 37,781 times. 1984 began with another Opening Day start for Niekro, his fourth and last in a career. But he recently found himself in the headlines anyway when he married a South African woman named Melissa Cohen a week after they met — and was sued by another woman who claims he’s the father of her new son. “It was really hard. Joe Niekro Foundation.  In his three seasons with New York, he went 14–15 with a 4.58 ERA in 188.2 total innings. His complete games pitched dropped from 16 to nine as he also led the league in wild pitches with 14 and faced a career-high 1,113 batters.
He then pitched 10 shutout innings in Game 3 of the NLCS, with the Astros eventually winning 1–0 in the 11th inning, though they lost the series in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies.
He denies having sex with that woman. The Joe Niekro Foundation, created by his daughter Natalie, is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms, AVMs, and hemorrhagic strokes. Named to 1979 National League All Star Team. He threw 122 innings in the next season and just 47 in the following. He was the younger brother of pitcher Phil Niekro, and the father of Major League pitcher and first baseman Lance Niekro. Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1967-1969), San Diego Padres (1969), Detroit Tigers (1970-1972), Atlanta Braves (1973-1974), Houston Astros (1975-1985), New York Yankees (1985-1987) and Minnesota Twins (1988). He died on October 26, 2006 in Tampa, Florida, USA. View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro.  On July 2, he won his 200th career game, throwing a complete game against the San Diego Padres while throwing seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits. Official Sites.
In three seasons with Detroit, he went 21–22, having his best season in 1970 by going 12–13, although he had a 4.06 ERA in 213 innings, with a high of 101 strikeouts. Joe Niekro was born on November 7, 1944 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, USA as Joseph Franklin Niekro. They tried to keep it a secret, but Joe Biden found out when Page Six called him for comment on a story revealing the relationship. On October 26, 2006, Niekro suffered a brain aneurysm and was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, Florida. He was traded by the Padres on December 4 to the Detroit Tigers for Dave Campbell and Pat Dobson. Privacy Notice Led National League in Games Started (38) and Wild Pitches (14) in 1983. He struck out a career-high 130 batters while walking 64 and leading all of Major League Baseball with 19 wild pitches. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights Nierko was the Opening Day starter for the Astros to start the 1981 season. Along with Al Santorini, he led the Padres in wins with eight. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! | After pitching in five games and going 1–1 with a 10.03 ERA in 11.2 innings, he was released by the Twins.