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Video Archive: Ball Scuffing

joe_niekroAug. 5, 1987: Paul Guggenheimer mans the sports desk to deliver the news that Twins pitcher Joe Niekro has been suspended for possession of an emery board and sandpaper. Plus, highlights of a Twins/Angels game; the downside is the Twins lose, the upside is they went on to win the World Series that year.

For good measure, below is Niekro’s appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. The wily knuckleballer died in 2006 after suffering a brain aneurysm.

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