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Atlanta Braves partnering with Gainesville's Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center for 'Phil Niekro Night' against New York Yankees on Aug. 24
Longtime Flowery Branch resident and Hall of Famer, Niekro, was a loyal ally of the organization
Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro delivers a pitch for the Atlanta Braves during the 1973 season. Niekro, of Flowery Branch, died Dec. 26, 2020, the Braves announced. - photo by Associated Press

The Atlanta Braves’ game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, August 24 at Truist Park has been designated as Phil Niekro Night. 

Niekro, a Hall of Fame pitcher, known for his knuckleball, spent 19 of his 24 big league seasons with the Braves. 

To honor Niekro, a beloved resident of Flowery Branch for many years who died on Dec. 26, 2020, the organization will hold a 50/50 raffle and in-game charity auction. Proceeds and all donations made that day at will benefit Gainesville’s Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center.

Niekro was a staunch supporter of the organization that strives to combat child abuse and provide a safe environment for victims of child abuse. 

A special ‘Knucksie’ ticket package is available at and includes a shirt illustrating the pitch that made Niekro famous. 

Four dollars from each ticket package will benefit the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center. 

There will also be a pregame check presentation to the Edmondson Telford Advocacy Center on behalf of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. 

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