Tuesday, August 7, 2018

MISSING IN ACTION- 1977 JERRY JOHNSON

Today we post up a missing 1977 card for San Diego padres pitcher Jerry Johnson, who would have his final card the following year in the 1978 set as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays:


Johnson, who I always remember as the man with the “iron jaw”, appeared in 24 games for the Padres in 1976, going 1-3 with a bloated 5.31 earned run average over 39 innings pitched.
In 1977 he would be a member of the inaugural Blue Jay team, his last season in the Big Leagues, going 2-4 with an ERA of 4.60 over 43 appearances and 86 innings pitched.
His finest season would have to be 1972 when he was with the San Francisco Giants, a year which saw him post a record of 12-9 with a nice 2.97 earned run average over 67 appearances, all out of the bullpen, with 18 saves in 109 innings pitched.
All told, by the time he retired, he finished up with a record of 48-51, with an ERA of 4.31 and 41 saves over 365 appearances and 770.2 innings of work.

6 comments:

  1. He was the last card I needed to complete the 1976 Topps set!

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  2. He's also missing from the 1974 set as he spent the entire 1973 season with the Indians.

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  3. I will always remember him throwing a tantrum in 1972, after getting pulled against the Cubs. Jack Brickhouse: "There goes an unhappy Jerry Johnson."

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I wasn’t around back then… But I am always looking for good stories to rib him about. Lol

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  4. The finest season referenced was 1971, not 1972.

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  5. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this… But… That is NOT Jerry Johnson’s signature. I have a little bit of expertise when it comes to his signature, as I am his wife.

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