Friday, March 18, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1975 BOB JOHNSON

Here’s a “missing” 1975 card for former pitcher Bob Johnson of the Cleveland Indians:


Johnson appeared in 14 games for the Tribe, starting ten of those games, leading to a 3-4 record with a 4.38 earned run average over 72 innings pitched.
Those would be his last games in the Majors until 1977, when he made a comeback of sorts with the Atlanta Braves and appeared in 15 games, thus closing out his 7-year career.
He had a hard-luck year in 1970 when he became the only pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in a season, yet fail to win 10 or more games.
Pitching for the Kansas City Royals that year, Johnson went 8-13 with a 3.07 earned run average, while whiffing 206 batters.
The following year he found himself in Pittsburgh and won a championship with them, even starting a game in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
All told, he posted a career 28-34 record, with a 3.48 ERA and 507 strikeouts over 183 games, 76 of which were starts, and 692.1 innings.

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