Wednesday, May 9, 2012
no. 47 - johnny jeter
Who is the man: Johnny Jeter is the FIRST Jeter to play in a major league baseball game. Derek Jeter is the third (Johnny's son, Shawn Jeter, was the second).
Can ya dig it: I don't know what to love more, the helmet-cap combo or the old-style batting cage.
Right on: First solo card for Jeter!
You see this cat Jeter is a bad mother: Jeter hit two home runs in a game against the Mets when he was with the Padres in 1972. Unfortunately for Jeter, the Padres lost the game, 8-6.
Shut your mouth: The Padres acquired Jeter at the end of the 1971 season to be their starting center fielder. In 1972, Jeter played in more games (110) than he would any other year of his career. But he hit just .221 and the Padres traded him after the season to the White Sox.
No one understands him but his woman: Why "Johnny" when he signed his name "John"?
(A word about the back): A Louisiana native, Jeter attended Grambling State University in Grambling, La. A dozen Grambling State players have made it to the major leagues. The most successful of those is Ralph Garr, who played on the same Grambling team as Jeter in the 1960s.