Tuesday, May 19, 2015
no. 412 - jerry johnson
Who is the man: Jerry Johnson was acquired by the Giants from the Cardinals in May 1970 and was entering what would be the best season of his career when this card hit packs.
Can ya dig it: Johnson had appeared on three Topps cards at this point and on each one he is with a different team (1969: Phillies; 1970: Cardinals).
Right on: I believe Johnson is posing in Dodger Stadium.
You see that cat Johnson is a bad mother: Johnson finished sixth in the Cy Young Award voting in 1971 as he appeared in 67 games (all in relief) and saved 18.
Shut your mouth: Johnson had issues with his temper, especially early on in his career. Longtime manager Roy Hartsfield worked with Johnson in controlling his emotions.
No one understands him but his woman: Johnson began his career as a third baseman in the Mets organization in 1962. He began pitching in the minors by 1964.
(A word about the back): Not sure what's going on with Johnson's face here. He looks like a doll.