Phil Niekro, Hall of Fame Knuckleballer

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro.  Winner of 318 games over his 24 year career.  He was a master at fooling hitters with his knuckleball.  He played for the Braves franchise in both Milwaukee and Atlanta for 21 of his years in the major leagues.  He is currently 16th in wins in Major League history and 1st among pitchers who primarily used the knuckleball.  Bobby Murcer said when asked about facing Niekro, “Trying to hit Phil Niekro is like trying to eat jello with chopsticks. Sometimes you get a piece but most of the time you get hungry.”  Also on Niekro’s list of honors is the Knucksie sandwich which is served at Atlanta Braves and Gwinnett Braves, AAA, home games.  The Knucksie is an open-faced sandwich with a corn muffin base, a pile of barbecue pork, caramelized onions, pickles, cole slaw, two sauces and green onions.

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