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Phil Niekro
Philip Henry Niekro

Bats Right, Throws Right
Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
Debut April 15, 1964
Born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, OH

Pitching   

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO SV   IP     H   ER   HR  BB   SO   ERA *lgERAa *ERA+
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+
 1964 25 MLN NL   0   0  10   0   0   0  0   15.0   15    8   1    7    8  4.80  3.54   74
 1965 26 MLN NL   2   3  41   1   0   0  6   74.7   73   24   5   26   49  2.89  3.54  122
 1966 27 ATL NL   4   3  28   0   0   0  2   50.3   48   23   4   23   17  4.11  3.65   89
 1967 28 ATL NL  11   9  46  20  10   1  9  207.0  164   43   9   55  129  1.87  3.31  177
 1968 29 ATL NL  14  12  37  34  15   5  2  257.0  228   74  16   45  140  2.59  2.99  115
 1969 30 ATL NL  23  13  40  35  21   4  1  284.3  235   81  21   57  193  2.56  3.60  140
 1970 31 ATL NL  12  18  34  32  10   3  0  229.7  222  109  40   68  168  4.27  4.30  101
 1971 32 ATL NL  15  14  42  36  18   4  2  268.7  248   89  27   70  173  2.98  3.71  124
 1972 33 ATL NL  16  12  38  36  17   1  0  282.3  254   96  22   53  164  3.06  3.80  124
 1973 34 ATL NL  13  10  42  30   9   1  4  245.0  214   90  21   89  131  3.31  3.93  119
 1974 35 ATL NL  20  13  41  39  18   6  1  302.3  249   80  19   88  195  2.38  3.77  158
 1975 36 ATL NL  15  15  39  37  13   1  0  275.7  285   98  29   72  144  3.20  3.78  118
 1976 37 ATL NL  17  11  38  37  10   2  0  270.7  249   99  18  101  173  3.29  3.79  115
 1977 38 ATL NL  16  20  44  43  20   2  0  330.3  315  148  26  164  262  4.03  4.46  111
 1978 39 ATL NL  19  18  44  42  22   4  1  334.3  295  107  16  102  248  2.88  4.05  140
 1979 40 ATL NL  21  20  44  44  23   1  0  342.0  311  129  41  113  208  3.39  4.08  120
 1980 41 ATL NL  15  18  40  38  11   3  1  275.0  256  111  30   85  176  3.63  3.75  103
 1981 42 ATL NL   7   7  22  22   3   3  0  139.3  120   48   6   56   62  3.10  3.60  116
 1982 43 ATL NL  17   4  35  35   4   2  0  234.3  225   94  23   73  144  3.61  3.75  104
 1983 44 ATL NL  11  10  34  33   2   0  0  201.7  212   89  18  105  128  3.97  3.89   98
 1984 45 NYY AL  16   8  32  31   5   1  0  215.7  219   74  15   76  136  3.09  3.80  123
 1985 46 NYY AL  16  12  33  33   7   1  0  220.0  203  100  29  120  149  4.09  4.03   98
 1986 47 CLE AL  11  11  34  32   5   0  0  210.3  241  101  24   95   81  4.32  4.15   96
 1987 48 CLE AL   7  11  22  22   2   0  0  123.7  142   81  18   53   57  5.89  4.56   77
         TOR AL   0   2   3   3   0   0  0   12.0   15   11   4    7    7  8.25  4.50   55
         ATL NL   0   0   1   1   0   0  0    3.0    6    5   0    6    0 15.00  4.50   30
         TOT AL   7  13  25  25   2   0  0  135.7  157   92  22   60   64  6.10  4.56   75
         TOT      7  13  26  26   2   0  0  138.7  163   97  22   66   64  6.29  4.56   72
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+
 24 Yr WL% .537 318 274 864 716 245  45 29 5404.3 5044 2012 482 1809 3342  3.35  3.85  115
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+
 162 Game Avg    13  11  37  30  10   1  1  232.6  217   86  20   77  143  3.35  3.85  115
 Career High     23  20  46  44  23   6  9  342.0  315  148  41  164  262  1.87  4.56  177
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+---+----+----+-----+-----+----+
                 W   L   G   GS  CG SHO SV   IP     H   ER   HR  BB   SO   ERA *lgERA *ERA+

* indicates the value is park adjusted

Shaded Text indicates partial season results.

Batting   

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP 
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 1965 26 MLN NL  42   10    0    1   0  0   0    0   0  0   0   3  .100  .100  .100    1   0   0   0   0   0
 1966 27 ATL NL  28    8    0    0   0  0   0    0   0  0   0   6  .000  .000  .000    0   3   0   0   0   0
 1967 28 ATL NL  46   57    4    7   2  0   0    2   0  0   1  16  .123  .167  .158    9   6   0   0   2   2
 1968 29 ATL NL  37   77    3    8   1  0   2    7   0  0   0  22  .104  .104  .195   15  18   0   0   0   0
 1969 30 ATL NL  40   95   11   20   4  0   0    7   0  0   2  21  .211  .227  .253   24   9   0   0   0   1
 1970 31 ATL NL  34   79    5   12   0  0   1    3   0  0   2  17  .152  .171  .190   15   6   1   0   0   1
 1971 32 ATL NL  42   92    3   14   1  0   0    4   0  0   0  20  .152  .160  .163   15   7   1   0   1   0
 1972 33 ATL NL  38   93    7   18   1  0   1    4   0  0   1  22  .194  .216  .237   22  11   1   0   2   2
 1973 34 ATL NL  42   82    3   10   4  0   1    2   0  0   1  26  .122  .143  .207   17   7   0   0   1   4
 1974 35 ATL NL  41  104    5   20   2  0   0   11   0  0   3  18  .192  .220  .212   22   9   1   0   1   1
 1975 36 ATL NL  39   99    5   17   2  1   0   10   0  0   1  18  .172  .176  .212   21   4   2   0   0   1
 1976 37 ATL NL  38   94    5   18   3  0   1   12   0  1   0   8  .191  .198  .255   24   9   1   0   1   3
 1977 38 ATL NL  44  109    2   19   1  0   0    7   0  0   0  15  .174  .180  .183   20  12   1   0   1   3
 1978 39 ATL NL  45  120    5   27   4  0   0   10   0  0   3  25  .225  .248  .258   31   4   1   0   1   3
 1979 40 ATL NL  44  123   10   24   6  0   0   12   0  0   1  19  .195  .213  .244   30   7   1   0   2   1
 1980 41 ATL NL  40   90    2   12   5  0   0    5   0  0   1  19  .133  .143  .189   17   5   0   0   0   2
 1981 42 ATL NL  22   52    1    4   0  0   0    1   0  0   0  11  .077  .077  .077    4   3   0   0   0   0
 1982 43 ATL NL  35   87    6   17   4  0   1    7   0  0   0  16  .195  .193  .276   24   3   1   0   0   4
 1983 44 ATL NL  34   65    3   12   2  0   0    5   0  0   1  12  .185  .194  .215   14   6   1   0   0   7
 1987 48 ATL NL   1    1    0    0   0  0   0    0   0  0   0   0  .000  .000  .000    0   0   0   0   0   0
         TOT     26    1    0    0   0  0   0    0   0  0   0   0  .000  .000  .000    0   0   0   0   0   0
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 24 Seasons     866 1537   80  260  42  1   7  109   0  1  17 314  .169  .183  .211  325 129  12   0  12  35
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 162 Game Avg        288   15   49   8  0   1   20   0  0   3  59  .169  .183  .211   61  24   2   0   2   7
 Career High     46  123   11   27   6  1   2   12   0  1   3  26                     31  18   2   0   2   7
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP 

Shaded Text indicates partial season results.

Special Batting   

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  PA  Outs  RC   xR  xR27  xW   OWP    BA *lgBA   OBP *lgOBP  SLG *lgSLG  OPS *lgOPS*OPS+ psOPS  SB% 
+--------------+----+----+----+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+-----+----+
 1965 26 MLN NL   10    9    0                     | .100  .260| .100  .320| .100  .390| .200  .710| -43         0%
 1966 27 ATL NL   11   11    0                     | .000  .263| .000  .325| .000  .400| .000  .725| -100         0%
 1967 28 ATL NL   66   58    1                     | .123  .256| .167  .318| .158  .377| .325  .696|  -6         0%
 1968 29 ATL NL   95   87    1                     | .104  .252| .104  .310| .195  .356| .299  .666| -12         0%
 1969 30 ATL NL  106   85    5                     | .211  .259| .227  .330| .253  .384| .479  .714|  35         0%
 1970 31 ATL NL   88   75    2                     | .152  .273| .171  .348| .190  .419| .361  .767|  -6         0%
 1971 32 ATL NL  101   86    2                     | .152  .266| .160  .334| .163  .390| .323  .724| -10         0%
 1972 33 ATL NL  108   89    4                     | .194  .267| .216  .336| .237  .394| .453  .730|  25         0%
 1973 34 ATL NL   91   83    2                     | .122  .272| .143  .342| .207  .404| .350  .745|  -7         0%
 1974 35 ATL NL  118   95    4                     | .192  .267| .220  .339| .212  .386| .432  .725|  20         0%
 1975 36 ATL NL  106   89    3                     | .172  .270| .176  .341| .212  .390| .389  .731|   6         0%
 1976 37 ATL NL  105   90    4                     | .191  .269| .198  .336| .255  .384| .453  .721|  25         0%
 1977 38 ATL NL  123  106    3                     | .174  .283| .180  .352| .183  .431| .364  .783|  -6         0%
 1978 39 ATL NL  129  101    7                     | .225  .274| .248  .344| .258  .403| .506  .747|  36         0%
 1979 40 ATL NL  134  108    6                     | .195  .277| .213  .343| .244  .411| .457  .755|  21         0%
 1980 41 ATL NL   96   85    2                     | .133  .270| .143  .333| .189  .392| .332  .725|  -9         0%
 1981 42 ATL NL   55   51    0                     | .077  .265| .077  .331| .077  .381| .154  .712| -57         0%
 1982 43 ATL NL   91   78    4                     | .195  .270| .193  .334| .276  .393| .469  .727|  28         0%
 1983 44 ATL NL   73   67    2                     | .185  .271| .194  .340| .215  .402| .409  .742|  11         0%
 1987 48 ATL NL    1    1    0                     | .000  .300| .000  .300| .000  .400| .000  .700| -100         0%
         TOT       1    1    0                     | .000  .300| .000  .300| .000  .400| .000  .700| -100         0%
+--------------+----+----+----+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+-----+----+
 24 Seasons     1707 1454   57                     | .169  .269| .183  .337| .211  .395| .395  .732|   8         0%

* indicates the value is park adjusted

Shaded Text indicates partial season results.

Fielding   

 Year Ag Tm  Lg Pos   G     PO    A    E   DP    FP   lgFP  RnF  lgRnF  GS  Inn  
+--------------+---+----+------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+------+
 1964 25 MLN NL   P*  10      0    2    0    1 1.000  .953  1.20  2.16   0   15.0
 1965 26 MLN NL   P*  41      6   17    1    2  .958  .956  2.77  2.08   1   74.7
 1966 27 ATL NL   P*  28      2   18    0    1 1.000  .947  3.58  1.97   0   50.3
 1967 28 ATL NL   P*  46     10   40    4    4  .926  .960  2.17  2.00  20  207.0
 1968 29 ATL NL   P*  37     18   59    4    4  .951  .958  2.70  2.01  34  257.0
 1969 30 ATL NL   P*  40     24   51    3    4  .962  .958  2.37  1.95  35  284.3
 1970 31 ATL NL   P*  34     14   38    1    4  .981  .951  2.04  1.85  32  229.7
 1971 32 ATL NL   P*  42     19   44    2    6  .969  .954  2.11  1.90  36  268.7
 1972 33 ATL NL   P*  38     26   40    4    4  .943  .950  2.10  1.78  36  282.3
 1973 34 ATL NL   P*  42     30   41    4    4  .947  .950  2.61  1.88  30  245.0
 1974 35 ATL NL   P*  41     22   42    0    3 1.000  .944  1.91  1.88  39  302.3
 1975 36 ATL NL   P*  39     21   41    0    2 1.000  .946  2.02  1.86  37  275.7
 1976 37 ATL NL   P*  38     19   41    2    2  .968  .950  1.99  1.88  37  270.7
 1977 38 ATL NL   P*  44     20   51    0    5 1.000  .950  1.93  1.85  43  330.3
 1978 39 ATL NL   P*  44     17   65    2    4  .976  .951  2.21  1.91  42  334.3
 1979 40 ATL NL   P*  44     31   56    1    3  .989  .951  2.29  1.80  44  342.0
 1980 41 ATL NL   P*  40     18   40    1    6  .983  .952  1.90  1.91  38  275.0
 1981 42 ATL NL   P*  22     10   22    0    2 1.000  .959  2.07  1.97  22  139.3
 1982 43 ATL NL   P*  35     18   38    1    4  .982  .952  2.15  1.96  35  234.3
 1983 44 ATL NL   P*  34     15   27    2    6  .955  .952  1.87  1.92  33  201.7
 1984 45 NYY AL   P*  32     13   36    1    4  .980  .958  2.04  1.79  31  215.7
 1985 46 NYY AL   P*  33     11   20    0    5 1.000  .953  1.27  1.86  33  220.0
 1986 47 CLE AL   P*  34      9   32    4    2  .911  .957  1.75  1.83  32  210.3
 1987 48 CLE AL   P*  22     12   17    0    1 1.000  .955  2.11  1.84  22  123.7
         TOR AL   P*   3      1    0    0    0 1.000  .955  0.75  1.88   3   12.0
         ATL NL   P*   1      0    0    0    0  .000  .000  0.00  1.80   1    3.0
         TOT AL   P*  25     13   17    0    1 1.000  .955  1.99  1.84  25  135.7
         TOT      P*  26     13   17    0    1 1.000  .955  1.95  1.84  26  138.7
+--------------+---+----+------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+------+
 Position Total   P* 864    386  878   37   83  .972  .952  2.10  1.89 716 5404.3
+--------------+---+----+------+----+----+----+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+------+
 Overall Total       864    386  878   37   83  .972  .952  1.46  1.31

Shaded Text indicates partial season results.

* indicates Innings Played rather than Games Played was used in Range Factor calculations.
# indicates breakdown of outfield by position games played is for entire career.

Postseason Pitching

 Year Round Tm  Opp  W/L   G  ERA    W-L  SV CG   IP   H   ER  BB  SO
+------------------+-----+--+------+-----+--+--+-----+---+---+---+---+
 1969 NLCS  ATL NYM   L    1   4.50  0-1   0  0   8.0   9   4   4   4
 1982 NLCS  ATL STL   L    1   3.00  0-0   0  0   6.0   6   2   4   5
+------------------+-----+--+------+-----+--+--+-----+---+---+---+---+
  2 Postseason Ser   0-2   2   3.86  0-1   0  0  14.0  15   6   8   9
+------------------+-----+--+------+-----+--+--+-----+---+---+---+---+

Postseason Batting

 Year Round Tm  Opp  W/L   G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO  BA    OBP   SLG  SB
+------------------+-----+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+--+
 1969 NLCS  ATL NYM   L    1   3  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  0
 1982 NLCS  ATL STL   L    1   0  0  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0
+------------------+-----+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+--+
  2 Postseason Ser   0-2   2   3  0  0  0  0  0   1  0  1  .000  .000  .000  0
+------------------+-----+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+--+

Appearances on Leaderboards and Awards  

Awards are Year-League-Award, Stats are Year-Value-Rank

All-Star
1969
1975
1978
1982
1984
Awards
1978-NL-GG-P
1979-NL-GG-P
1980-NL-GG-P
1982-NL-GG-P
1983-NL-GG-P
Top 10 MVP
1969-NL-9
Top 10 CYA
1969-NL-2
1974-NL-3
1978-NL-6
1979-NL-6
1982-NL-5
Sac. Hits
1968-18-1
1972-11-9
1977-12-6
ERA
1967-1.87-1
1969-2.56-10
1974-2.38-2
1984-3.09-4
Wins
1969-23-2
1972-16-9
1974-20-1
1975-15-9
1976-17-7
1977-16-10
1978-19-3
1979-21-1
1980-15-8
1982-17-5
1984-16-10
1985-16-9
Car-318-14
Won-Loss %
1982-.810-1
1984-.667-9
(BB + H)/9IP
1967-9.52-4
1968-9.56-10
1969-9.24-4
1972-9.79-5
1974-10.03-2
Hits Allowed/9IP
1967-7.13-5
1974-7.41-3
1978-7.94-10
Base on Balls/9IP
1968-1.58-5
1969-1.80-2
1972-1.69-3
1974-2.62-10
1975-2.35-8
Strikeouts/9IP
1970-6.58-10
1977-7.14-3
1978-6.68-5
1980-5.76-8
1985-6.1-8
Games
Car-864-19
Saves
1967-9-10
Innings
1968-257.0-9
1969-284.3-10
1971-268.7-10
1972-282.3-3
1974-302.3-1
1975-275.7-5
1976-270.7-4
1977-330.3-1
1978-334.3-1
1979-342.0-1
1980-275.0-3
Car-5404.3-4
Strikeouts
1971-173-8
1974-195-4
1976-173-5
1977-262-1
1978-248-2
1979-208-3
1980-176-4
Car-3342-10
Games Started
1968-34-10
1971-36-9
1972-36-3
1974-39-2
1975-37-4
1976-37-3
1977-43-1
1978-42-1
1979-44-1
1980-38-1
1982-35-6
Car-716-4
Comp. Games
1968-15-6
1969-21-5
1971-18-5
1972-17-6
1974-18-1
1975-13-7
1977-20-1
1978-22-1
1979-23-1
1980-11-3
Car-245-85
Shutouts
1968-5-7
1969-4-8
1970-3-6
1971-4-5
1974-6-2
1977-2-9
1978-4-2
1980-3-4
1981-3-4
1982-2-9
Car-45-28
Home Runs Allow.
1970-40-1
1971-27-3
1972-22-3
1974-19-9
1975-29-1
1976-18-8
1977-26-6
1979-41-1
1980-30-1
1982-23-6
1985-29-5
Car-482-3
Base On Balls Allow.
1976-101-3
1977-164-1
1978-102-2
1979-113-1
1980-85-5
1981-56-9
1983-105-2
1985-120-1
1986-95-8
Car-1809-3
Hits Allowed
1968-228-10
1971-248-9
1972-254-2
1974-249-7
1975-285-2
1976-249-6
1977-315-1
1978-295-1
1979-311-1
1980-256-4
1982-225-10
1986-241-5
Car-5044-4
Losses
1970-18-2
1971-14-10
1975-15-4
1977-20-1
1978-18-1
1979-20-1
1980-18-1
1987-13-10
Car-274-5
Adjusted ERA+
1967-177-1
1969-140-9
1971-124-8
1974-159-2
1978-140-3
1979-120-9
1984-123-10

Black Ink: Pitching - 43 (Average HOFer ~ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching - 191 (Average HOFer ~ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching - 52.0 (Average HOFer ~ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching - 157.0 (Likely HOFer > 100)

Act.- Denotes rank among active players, Car. - Denotes career rank

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  3. Mel Harder (964)
  4. Paul Derringer (964)
  5. Rick Reuschel (962)
  6. Jack Quinn (955)
  7. Juan Marichal (954) *
  8. Bobo Newsom (953)
  9. Curt Simmons (953)
  10. Eppa Rixey (952) *
Most Similar by Age
  1. George Pipgras (990)
  2. Ken Raffensberger (992)
  3. Eric Show (992)
  4. Kirby Higbe (989)
  5. Kirby Higbe (986)
  6. Rube Benton (984)
  7. Bill Lee (984)
  8. Jim Bunning (981) *
  9. Jim Bunning (982) *
  10. Rick Reuschel (979)
  11. Rick Reuschel (979)
  12. Rick Reuschel (976)
  13. Bobo Newsom (958)
  14. Bobo Newsom (958)
  15. Bobo Newsom (958)
  16. Jack Quinn (953)
  17. Jack Quinn (953)
  18. Jack Quinn (954)


* - Signifies Hall of Famer

Salaries
1985 NewYorkY $600,000
1986 Clevelnd $300,000


Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.

 

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