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August 9, 1987 | Associated Press
Bobby Brown, president of the American League, has upheld the 10-day suspension of Minnesota Twins' pitcher Joe Niekro, who was caught with an emery board and sandpaper in his pocket in a game earlier this week. Brown heard an appeal of the suspension Saturday on conference telephone call from his New York office with Niekro, Twins' Manager Tom Kelly and Minnesota Executive Vice President Andy MacPhail.
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October 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former major league pitcher Joe Niekro, Houston's all-time victory leader, died Friday, Astros President Tal Smith said. Niekro was 61. The two-time 20-game winner suffered a brain aneurysm Thursday and was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital in nearby Plant City, where he lived. He later was transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died. "It came as a real shock to us," Smith said. "He was a great guy."
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July 2, 1985 | United Press International
Joe Niekro stares Father Time squarely in the eye, throws a knuckleball and walks away laughing. Joseph Franklin Niekro, four months shy of turning 41, is still one step ahead. In 16-plus years in the major leagues, the Houston Astros' pitcher has seen the game of baseball undergo numerous changes. But Niekro has survived and--despite speculation of where he may be next season--isn't ready to quit. "Just because you turn 40 doesn't mean you have to quit," he said. "I love the game of baseball.
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May 9, 1989 | STEVE JACOBSON, Newsday
In the photographs that Jim Deshaies stores in his mind there are the images of sitting on the bench of the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees. Next to him are Jose Rijo and Tim Birtsas and they don't dare dream to each other about pitching in Yankee Stadium. "I'd think I wanted to get to Double-A," Deshaies said. "When I got to Double-A, I thought, I can't wait to get to Triple-A. Of course, you always have your dreams." And in the Yankees' organization the word was out for budding young pitchers.
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July 2, 1985 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
It was 1969 and there was a new game in town. Baseball. The Padres' first season in the National League was less than memorable. The expansion club, managed by Preston Gomez, posted a 52-110 record and finished 41 games behind the division-winning Atlanta Braves. The only member of that team still active in the big leagues will be pitching tonight against the Padres in pursuit of his 200th career win.
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August 6, 1987 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Monday night, Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Niekro was ejected from a game against the Angels for allegedly defacing baseballs. On Wednesday, after inspecting balls from that game and the emery board and sandpaper Niekro had in his back pocket Monday, American League President Bobby Brown suspended Niekro for 10 days, effective Wednesday. It all sounded as clear-cut as some of the balls Niekro apparently was throwing, the ones Angel Manager Gene Mauch described as "mutilated."
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July 3, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
On the occasion of his 200th career victory Tuesday night, the Houston Astros' Joe Niekro said he is confident that he and his brother, Phil, will become the winningest brother combination in major league baseball history. With Joe earning the victory in a 3-2 decision over the San Diego Padres, the Niekros are 39 wins shy of breaking record of 529 held by the Perry brothers, Gaylord (314 wins) and Jim (215).
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October 21, 1987 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Because the Minnesota Twins lost, 3-1, to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night, Twin Manager Tom Kelly will pitch Frank Viola on three days' rest tonight in Game 4. Had the Twins held on to their late-inning 1-0 lead and beaten the Cardinals, veteran knuckleballer Joe Niekro would have started. But with the Twins holding a 2-1 lead in the Series rather than 3-0, Kelly opted for Viola, his best pitcher. "He pitched good against Detroit on three days' rest," Kelly said.
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August 7, 1987 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Pitcher Joe Niekro got caught with that emery board because, he said, he wanted to file his fingernails between innings of the Minnesota Twins' game against the Angels Monday night at Anaheim Stadium. Gaylord Perry said that should have been good enough for the umpires, who ejected Niekro for using "a foreign object" to illegally deface the baseball, and American League President Bobby Brown, who suspended Niekro Wednesday.
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October 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former major league pitcher Joe Niekro, Houston's all-time victory leader, died Friday, Astros President Tal Smith said. Niekro was 61. The two-time 20-game winner suffered a brain aneurysm Thursday and was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital in nearby Plant City, where he lived. He later was transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died. "It came as a real shock to us," Smith said. "He was a great guy."
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July 7, 1988
Former major league pitcher Joe Niekro, 43, was named pitching coach of the Portland Beavers by the team's parent club, the Minnesota Twins. Niekro, who had a 221-204 record in 21 major league seasons, was released by the Twins May 4.
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October 21, 1987 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Because the Minnesota Twins lost, 3-1, to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night, Twin Manager Tom Kelly will pitch Frank Viola on three days' rest tonight in Game 4. Had the Twins held on to their late-inning 1-0 lead and beaten the Cardinals, veteran knuckleballer Joe Niekro would have started. But with the Twins holding a 2-1 lead in the Series rather than 3-0, Kelly opted for Viola, his best pitcher. "He pitched good against Detroit on three days' rest," Kelly said.
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August 16, 1987 | WILLIAM GILDEA, Washington Post
Mark Fidrych talked to it. Ray Chapman was killed by it. Ted Williams said that the hardest thing in sports is to hit it. Umpires are instructed to keep their eye everlastingly on it. Roy Hobbs knocked the cover off it. Westbrook Pegler said he heard a rabbit's pulse beating in it. The baseball--also known as the horsehide, the old apple, the sphere, the pill, the pea and the onion--is distinctly American and the focus of a timeless game.
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August 12, 1987 | Mike Downey
Hi, kids! Welcome to the Niekro brothers' winter baseball camp for beginners. I'm your head counselor, Joe Niekro. For those of you who don't know me, I'm a pitcher in the major leagues. So's my brother, Phil. We both still pitch, even though I'm old and Phil's moldy. Phil's about as old as night baseball. Phil roomed with Tris Speaker, I think. Phil probably voted for both Roosevelts. Phil's so old, his doctor is a paleontologist.
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August 9, 1987 | THOMAS BOSWELL, The Washington Post
Baseball is the very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive and push and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming 19th Century. --MARK TWAIN One day after a rain delay left the diamond muddy, players from another team noticed that the Philadelphia Phillies third base coach was, inning after inning, standing with one foot in a deep puddle of water. They also noticed that their pitchers were getting killed.
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August 9, 1987 | Associated Press
Bobby Brown, president of the American League, has upheld the 10-day suspension of Minnesota Twins' pitcher Joe Niekro, who was caught with an emery board and sandpaper in his pocket in a game earlier this week. Brown heard an appeal of the suspension Saturday on conference telephone call from his New York office with Niekro, Twins' Manager Tom Kelly and Minnesota Executive Vice President Andy MacPhail.
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May 5, 1988
The Minnesota Twins asked waivers on 43-year-old knuckleballer pitcher Joe Niekro. He was 1-1 with a 10.03 earned-run average this season in five appearances, all in relief.
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August 7, 1987 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Pitcher Joe Niekro got caught with that emery board because, he said, he wanted to file his fingernails between innings of the Minnesota Twins' game against the Angels Monday night at Anaheim Stadium. Gaylord Perry said that should have been good enough for the umpires, who ejected Niekro for using "a foreign object" to illegally deface the baseball, and American League President Bobby Brown, who suspended Niekro Wednesday.
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