28 October 2006
EX-YANK JOE NEIKRO DIES
Former Yankees pitcher Joe Niekro died Friday, 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.
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.
A third-round draft pick of the Cubs in 1966, Niekro broke into the majors in 1967 and appeared in 702 games, including 500 starts, in 22 years with the Astros, Cubs, Padres, Tigers, Braves, Yankees and Twins.
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