‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #50
1964 Topps – Card #541 – AKA – ‘The Phil Niekro Rookie Card’
Phil Roof – Roof played in the big leagues for 15 years. Never staying in one city for more than 6 seasons, he played for 8 different teams during that time. A catcher, Roof saw time primarily as a back-up to the team’s starter. He amassed a .215 batting average during his 15-year playing career. Roof’s career stats include 463 hits, 190 runs scored, 69 doubles, 43 home runs, and 210 RBI.
Phil Niekro – A member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame and ‘300 Wins Club’, Phil Niekro’s major league career spanned three decades and 24 seasons. Used primarily as a starting pitcher, Niekro made 864 appearances in big league games, 716 of which came as the game’s starting pitcher. He compiled a 318-274 record while throwing 245 complete games and 45 shutouts. Niekro struck out 3,342 batters during his 24-year career while compiling a 3.35 ERA. Phil Niekro was a 4-time All-star, 5-time Gold Glove winner, and he finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award 6 times.