Wednesday, March 2, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 ALEX JOHNSON (1976 PROJECT)

Here’s a card for former American League batting champ Alex Johnson, who was left out of the 1976 set by Topps, and is part of the ongoing “1976 Project” I’ve been working on with “Reader Jim”:


Nice shot of Johnson at the batting cages while with the New York Yankees.
Johnson was at the end of his career by the time he found himself in the Bronx, even though he could still hit and was only in his early 30’s.
He appeared in only 52 games for the Yankees during the 1975 season, hitting .261 with 31 hits in 119 official at-bats while DH-ing and playing some outfield.
The following year he found himself with the Detroit Tigers, playing a relatively full season and hitting a respectable .268 with 115 hits in 429 at-bats.
But that would actually end up being the last Major League action he’d see, playing one more season of pro ball down in Mexico before calling it a career at the age of only 33.
Johnson had some very nice seasons in the big leagues, topped off by his batting crown in 1970 while with the California Angels when he barely edged Carl Yastrzemski with his .329 average.
He collected a career high 202 hits that season, with 85 runs scored, 14 homers and 86 runs batted in while being named to his only all-star team and finishing eighth in MVP voting.
By the time his 13-year career was over in 1977, he collected 1331 hits over 4623 at-bats, good for a .288 batting average.
Very respectable for that era as we all know.

3 comments:

  1. Cool. This card goes well with his '75 Topps card along with the '75 and '76 Topps cards of Bobby Bonds. Too bad things didn't work out for them while they were with the Yankees.

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  2. Nice photo selection. Always loved the Yankees color scheme in the 76 set.

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  3. This card also goes well with the '75 and '76 Topps cards of Elliott Maddox and Rudy May. Johnson, Bonds, Maddox, and May were four African-Americans who played for the Yankees in '74 and '75 (and have '75 and '76 Topps cards - if we include the above creation), but did not play for the Yankees when they won the World Series in '77.

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