In 1997, Niekro was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Niekro and his younger brother Joe combined for 539 victories, the most by siblings in baseball history. Phil's 121 wins beyond the age of 40 set a major league record. In addition to his career win total, Phil Niekro is also known for being one of the first pitchers to use the screwball pitch.
Joe Niekro was also very effective as a pitcher, winning at least 10 games five times in his career. He had two separate ten-game winner seasons, in 1979 and 1980. Joe Niekro finished with more than 100 wins during his career.
They were born in New York City but raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They began their professional careers together with Phil joining the Atlanta Braves and Joe playing with the Boston Red Sox. The Niekros brothers played against each other many times while they were with different teams. They were always close friends on and off the field despite their rivalry as players. Both were right-handed pitchers who used a screwball as their main pitch.
Phil Niekro was the best player of the pair, however. He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1973 when he led all rookies with 17 wins. That same season, he also led all NL pitchers with six shutouts.
Welch, Bob In the last 30 years, the American League has not had a 25-game winner. Bob Welch won 25 games for the World Series-winning Oakland Athletics in 1990. Welch went 27-6 with the Bash Brothers on his side. The last pitcher in the National League to win 25 games was Steve Carlton in 1972, when Lefty also won 27 games.
During that same period of time, there have been only three pitchers who have won 20 games while losing five or more: Jack Chesbro (1877), Carl Hubbell (1934) and Bob Welch (1990).
Welch is the only pitcher to win 25 games while having an ERA under 3.00. He finished second behind Mike Witt in 1989 with the Oakland A's.
Hank Aaron, Roberto Alomar, George Brett, Fred Clarke, Dizzy Dean, Ed Delahanty, Buck Ewing, Rick Ferrell, Tony Gwynn, Barry Larkin, Christy Mathewson, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Grissom, Lou Gehrig, and others were all elected into the Hall of Fame as players who played alongside their brother(s): Roberto Alomar, Hank Aaron, George Brett, and Fred Clarke. There are more than 20 other brothers in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In addition to the players listed above, there are also two sisters in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Carrie Chapman Catt and Celia Graham. They both played first base but they did so during different times periods. Carrie Chapman Catt was born in 1864 and died in 1956; she is considered by many to be the first true female baseball player. Celia Graham was born in 1872 and died in 1958; she too is considered by many to be the first true female baseball player. However, neither Carrie Chapman Catt nor Celia Graham received much recognition during their lives time. Even after they had been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame many people still didn't know about them until later on.
There are also several other sisters in various positions around Major League Baseball. For example, Jane Lee Thompson played first base from 1893 to 1895 while her sister Mary Ann played outfield from 1890 to 1892.
The Martinez twins, both from the Dominican Republic, came up in the Dodgers system and dominated with excellent fastballs and knee-buckling changeups. Ramon was the eldest brother, winning 20 games with the Dodgers at the age of 22 on his way to a 13-year career cut short by injuries. He pitched 135-88 innings with a 3.67 ERA. Gustavo won 17 games over three seasons with the Padres and Reds before dying at the age of 33 after falling off a cliff while riding his motorcycle.
So, the Martinez brothers were two of the best pitchers in baseball during their time. They had very similar careers; both started out as starters but ended up as relievers because of their heavy workloads. Ramon finished with more than 100 innings pitched five times and had at least 10 wins four times. Gustavo did it twice and was also one of the most effective strikeout artists of all time with 200 or more innings pitched six times.
They were teammates for three seasons with the Padres and then traded to the Dodgers after he had won 20 games each season they played together. This shows how highly regarded they were as pitchers.
Currently, there are not many major league players who have played under the same team throughout their careers. The only ones that come to mind are Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.
Pitchers in Major League Baseball with 300+ Career Wins Club Wins Due to Victory # 300 Specifics # 300 Wins Team 7 leads the club to victory. Right Boston 10, Cy Young '511. Walter Johnson, 417, Washington, D.C.
The 300-win club. Cy Young has the all-time victory record. The 300-win club is a group of Major League Baseball pitchers who have won 300 or more games. This number has been attained by twenty-four pitchers.
When his younger brother, Lloyd Waner, was admitted to the Hall of Fame, they became the National Baseball Hall of Fame's second set of brothers, following Harry and George Wright. In addition, Paul and Lloyd hold the record for the most hits recorded by brothers (5,611).
Paul has been elected twice by voters who select from a list of candidates released by the BBWAA. He received 56% of the vote in his first election in 1971 and 48% in 1977. His best year was 1956 when he led the league in hits with 231. Other years ranked among the top ten include 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970.
Lloyd died in an airplane crash on February 2, 1974, at age 36. He is not only the youngest player to be voted into the Hall of Fame, but also the only one not to have ever played in the Major Leagues.
In 1998, Lloyd's widow, Helen Waner, along with their two children, formed a foundation in their brother's memory. The goal of this foundation is to provide educational opportunities for minority students through inter-school sports programs.
There are several other brothers in the Hall of Fame.