Hall of Famer
- Mar 14, 2007
Many knuckle ball pitchers have their own catchers because of the bizarre spin on the ball and have heard a few hitters have been given days off against a Niekro type because it would screw up the swing of the hitter for days because of sand lot speed of the knuckle ball.I have really fond memories of the Niekros from my childhood.
Over 3,000 Ks, 300 Wins, 3.35 ERA, he was an underrated great
Interestingly, he also had 29 Saves.
Man, you are not kidding! What a character. I remember him fondly from my childhood as a great manager. I got to catch the tail end of it in the early 90s.Tommy Lasorda was an old school throwback.
He was combination of Casey Stengal and an Italian American character actor from various mob movies. His constitution was amazing as you could have layed odds that he would never get close to 90+ with his rotund body when he was the Dodgers manager in the late 80's....
I figured it out he was Tommy Devito in Goodfellas....
From the era of great managers with personality in the 1970s. I remember Earl Weaver, Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, Sparky Anderson, Don Zimmer, and Tommy Lasorda. The managers were as entertaining as the players.