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    Joe Neikro Passes away at 61

    Former major league pitcher Joe Niekro dead at 61

    October 28, 2006

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Former major league pitcher Joe Niekro, Houston's career victory leader, died Friday, Astros president Tal Smith said. He 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. He had a real spark and a great sense of humor."

    Smith said Niekro did not have an active role with the Astros but kept in contact with many of his former Houston teammates.

    Niekro, father of San Francisco Giants first baseman Lance Niekro, won 221 games in his career but never became as well known as his Hall of Fame brother Phil.

    Like his older brother, who won 318 games, Joe Niekro found success after developing the knuckleball and pitched into his 40s. They had a combined 359 major league victories, a record for brothers.
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    Re: Joe Neikro Passes away at 61

    That's really too bad...Prayers to his family and friends.
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    Re: Joe Neikro Passes away at 61

    My step father went to Bridgeport Ohio school with both Joe and Phil. Ever since then I've been fans of them. Joe will be missed very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsnake View Post
    My step father went to Bridgeport Ohio school with both Joe and Phil. Ever since then I've been fans of them. Joe will be missed very much.
    Im from Bridgeport Ohio and attend Bridgeport High School wat was ur step fathers name

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    Re: Joe Neikro Passes away at 61

    What a shock. R.I.P.
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    Re: Joe Neikro Passes away at 61

    Quote Originally Posted by TippyDrunks View Post
    They had a combined 359 major league victories, a record for brothers.
    That should read 539 major league victories, a record for brothers. Maybe the editor is dyslexic.

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