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1978 Topps Strikeout Leaders - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Poor Knucksie played on many, many bad baseball teams. The teams were so bad that despite leading the National League in strikeouts in 1977, he ended up with a record of 16-20, the start of four straight seasons he would lead the NL in losses, despite being one of the 5 best pitchers in the NL over the period. Such was the plight of Phil Niekro and the Atlanta Braves in the 1970s.