2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians
I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set. The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.
The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.
This is card#9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians
The Dominant Day – June 22, 1986. On this day, Phil Niekro pitched a 2-hit gem for the Indians at the age of 47. Both hits were given up by Niekro in the first inning, but from there on he was superb. The pitching line looks like this: 9 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 1 earned run, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks, and a win!
This 2-hitter was the 16th time that Niekro went the distance in his career while allowing either 1 or 2 hits.
Progress – 9/15