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Niekro’s death a big loss for baseball | READER COMMENTARY

In this March 29, 2007, file photo, Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro holds a knuckleball at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
In this March 29, 2007, file photo, Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro holds a knuckleball at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) (Tony Dejak/AP)

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of baseball legend Phil Niekro (”Phil Niekro, the Baseball Hall of Famer who had a baffling knuckleball, dies at 81,” Dec. 27). He was an absolute legend on the mound. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Fla.

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