Tuesday, February 19, 2008
#164 Dave Johnson
Why this card is awesome: Because Davey looks so smug with his little mustache and little grin, not realizing here that in the spring of 1987, as manager of the defending World Series champs, he was at the pinnacle of his managerial career.
Cool stat: Many of you probably already know this, but as a player Johnson had one of the biggest fluke years ever in 1973, when he hit 43 HR. Despite having 7 other seasons with at least 500 at-bats, he never hit more than 18 HR in any other season. Plus, that 1973 Braves team featured a total of 3 guys with at least 40 HR. Johnson's 1973 is only 6th, though, in terms of fewest RBIs (99) in a season with 43 or more HR.