Thursday, January 10, 2008
#5 Niekro brothers Record Breaker
Why this card is awesome: I'm thinking this has to be the card with the highest total age featuring two active players. In the 1987 season, Phil Niekro was 48 and Joe Niekro was 42. That's 90 years total, and I challenge anybody to find a higher total.
Cool stat: Since 1901, a pitcher at least 40 years old has posted 200+ innings in a season just 60 times. The Niekro brothers have 8 out of 60, with Phil leading all pitchers with 7 all by himself.
Deceased players and managers: 1
Joe Niekro is the first card we've come across in the 1988 Topps set featuring a player who is, as of now, deceased. I'm going to keep track of this as we go through the rest of the set, as a point of interest. I would like to stress that I'm not trying to be funny or make light of anybody's death. I just think it's an interesting thing to track.