ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have announced that Phil Niekro has died at the age of 81 following a battle with cancer. Niekro won 318 games over his 24-year career, which ended in 1987 at the age of 48. The right-hander was a five-time All-Star who had three 20-win seasons with Atlanta. Incredibly, he had 121 wins after his 40th birthday. Niekro is the seventh member of Cooperstown to die in 2020, following Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan and Tom Seaver. The Hall says it’s the most members it’s had die in a single calendar year.