Sunday, November 27, 2011

Southbound


"Well I'm southbound, Lord, I'm comin' home to you. Well I'm southbound baby, Lord, I'm comin' home to you..." 'Southbound' - The Allman Brothers Band

In August of 1973, the Allman Brothers released the album Brothers and Sisters, which was the first album they recorded completely after the 1971 death of guitarist and leader Duane Allman (1972's Eat A Peach included songs with Allman, recorded before his death). The album would hit number 1 in the U.S. in September, and spent the next five weeks atop the U.S. albums chart. The band's two biggest hits, Jessica and Ramblin' Man (which peaked at #2 on the singles chart), were included on the release-as was the song Soundbound- a fast and lively uptempo song with its guitars and piano churning out bluesy licks.

Acquired off waivers on August 7th of 1973, just two days after brother Phil pitched a no-hitter verses the Padres, Joe Niekro found himself southbound. Having spent three seasons in Detroit, where he worked as both a starter and reliever, Joe had actually spent the first four-plus months of the '73 season in AAA Toledo, pitching in 26 games before the wire claim. Once in Atlanta, Joe was re-acquainted with the knuckleball that his father taught he and his brother-and his career would never be the same. While he would not use the knuckleball as his primary pitch, it did allow him to mix it in with his fastball, change-up, and slider-and he would go on to win 221 games over the course of his 22 year career.


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