Phil Niekro, an Obit and Memoir

I lived in Atlanta, GA during two years of pathology residency and four years of college. That was all at Emory, 1963-1967 and 1971-1973. That was coincident with the Atlanta Braves career of the knuckleballing Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro.

In 1966 I was able to follow the first year of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. But Braves baseball with the quality of Niekro’s pitching and Hank Aaron’s hitting kept me coming back, even on some sweltering Atlanta afternoons.

They are good memories and I was sorry to hear we just lost Phil Niekro to cancer at 81. The NYT obit mentions his catcher Bob Uecker’s response to that unpredictable pitch. He conveyed how in missing so many of them he ran to the backstop and got to meet a lot of the fans.

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