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1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

Progress: 40/660

Player Name:  Cliff Johnson

Card Number:  143

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 years, 1972-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Johnson hit .276 in 122 games for the Astros in 1975.  Of his 94 hits, 16 were doubles and 20 were home runs.  He scored 52 runs in 1975 while also driving in 65.  Johnson had an on-base percentage of .370 with 172 total bases.

Notes From Career:  At the time of his retirement, Johnson would be the major league leader in career pinch-hits.  He was a journeyman that played for seven teams in 15 seasons.  But, he could hit – and he could do it off of the bench.  His bat was widely respected throughout baseball, and his playing on five different teams in nine seasons shows that his talent was widely respected and needed.


My 1985 Topps Record Breakers Subset Is Complete!!!

My 1985 Topps Record Breakers Subset Is Complete!!!

Hey, another subset is down.  And I couldn’t be happier.  Collecting subsets issued from the 1980’s has been a blast for me.  And when referring to the ‘Record Breakers’ subsets issued during that time, it has brought back some incredible memories as well.

As a kid, the first set I ever collected was the 792-card 1985 Topps set.  So, while collecting subsets from this specific issue, it has also brought back some great memories of my first experience as a set-builder.

Just look at the group of players honored by this incredible subset of cards:

This subset is littered with Hall of Famers, All-stars, MVPs, ROYs, and so much more.

It was a ton of fun going back to 1985 and I cannot wait to jump right into my next subset from the 1980s!!!

Stay tuned.

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Cliff Johnson

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Cliff Johnson

Headline – “Cliff Johnson’s 19th Pinch-Homer Breaks His Tie With Jerry Lynch”

The Story – Baltimore, Maryland, August 5, 1984.  Blue Jays’ Cliff Johnson batted for Willie Aiken in the 8th inning and promptly belted his 19th career pinch-homer to give club 4-3 win vs. Orioles and establish a new major league record.  The former mark of 18 pinch-homers had been set by Jerry Lynch(Pirates, Reds), 1954-1966.

My added notes – Johnson added 1 more pinch-homer to his tally giving him 20 for his career.  His record still stands today.