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1979 Topps Phil Niekro - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Take a look at the numbers on the back of this baseball card for the 1978 season. Phil Niekro was, unquestionably, the most valuable pitcher in the NL in 1978. He finished sixth in the Cy Young voting.

Guess what? He was also the most valuable player in the NL that season. He finished 17th in that voting.

He did all this at 39 years of age.

Someone I know argues that Niekro’s WAR is inflated just because he through so many innings. Well, that’s the point, isn’t it? There’s value in that. I miss Knucksie.

And I think I might have calculated his age wrong.