The Niekro's threw knuckleballs which resulted in 389 wild pitches, also tops on the list for brothers. This gives me another chance to quote Bob Uecker who said the best way to catch a knuckleball was to "wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up." A site called knuckeball.com covers everything you'd want to know about the pitch. Maybe I should consider a career change?
Phil also did a few other things that Joe didn't. Phil had a no-hitter in his long career while Joe had one close call. Phil also appeared on Kellogg's cards while Joe managed to be ignored even with his strong career.
Joe still did a few things that Phil didn't manage to do in this career. Sure Phil hit 7 career homers and Joe only managed one. Joe's one claim to fame was that this homer was off his brother Phil. Do you think that ever came up at family reunions?
Joe also had one other thing that Phil didn't - an emery board in his pants during a game. Check out YouTube for a video of the moment when the umpire had Joe empty his pocket and he threw the emery board. As if throwing a knuckleball wasn't enough to frustrate hitters. Why did he also need an emery board?