Philip Henry Niekro
Born: April 1, 1939, Blaine, Ohio
Milwaukee Braves (1964-1965), Atlanta Braves (1966-1983, 1987), New York Yankees (1984-1985), Cleveland Indians (1986-1987), Toronto Blue Jays (1987)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1997
This Day in Baseball History
On June 17, 1931, longtime umpire and future Hall of Famer Tommy Connolly announces his retirement. Connolly, who had worked the first game in American League history in 1901, will become the supervisor of AL umpires.