Monday, August 5, 2019

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1971 BOB JOHNSON

Up on the blog today is a “not so missing” 1971 card for former infielder Bob Johnson, who finished up an 11-year Major League career with 30 games in Oakland during the 1970 season:


Johnson, who originally came up with the Athletics (when they were in Kansas City) back in 1960 as a 24-year-old, hit .174 in those last 30 games in 1970, with eight hits over 46 at-bats with six runs scored and two runs batted in.
His best season was 1962 when, with the Washington Senators, he hit .288 in what turned out to be his only full-season of play, appearing in 135 games and collecting 134 hits over 466 at-bats and 504 plate appearances.
In all his other Big League seasons he never even had 300 plate appearances or 100 games played, averaging about 75 games a year.
By the time he retired, he finished with a very nice .272 batting average, with 628 hits in 2307 at-bats in 874 games, playing for seven different teams and five different positions.
Not a bad “under-the-radar” MLB tenure.

2 comments:

  1. No comments for Bob? It just emphasizes your description of his career "under-the-radar". As a kid in the 60's I ran across Bob's cards many times. Because he played 5 different positions as you pointed out, his cards were usually labeled Infield or Inf-OF. His 62 card did list him at one position, SS. With the very nice card you made, you were kind enough to assign Bob to one position.

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  2. Nice card, Bob would be a "super utility" player in today's major leagues.

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