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Did You Know…

The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson.   Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.

Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Howard Johnson 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Ho-Jo had one hell of a season in 1991, and I am happy to see that Topps honors that season with their 2003 All-Time Fan Favorites set.

The numbers – 146 hits, 34 doubles, 38 home runs (league leader), 108 runs scored, 117 RBI (league leader), and  30 stolen bases.

What Ever Happened To Howard Johnson???

 The man known as ‘Ho-Jo’ had a cult-like following of fans during his playing days.  Known for his ability to steal bases and hit home runs, Howard Johnson was a very successful and popular baseball player during the 1980’s. 

On his first team, the Detroit Tigers,  Johnson’s best year came in 1984 which was the same year that the Tigers won the World Series.  Johnson played well but was used sparingly during the playoffs.  It wasn’t until he was traded to the New York Mets that ‘Ho-Jo’ was able to put everything together and he began to flourish.  The Mets won the World Series in 1986 and although Johnson did not get much playing time in the fall classic, the Mets liked what he had to offer and traded away the Series MVP, Ray Night, to give Johnson more consistent playing time.  After 2 years of being used as a role player, Johnson got the big break he was hoping for in 1987.   In the 1987 season, Johnson belted 36 home runs and drove in 99 runs while finishing the season as an MVP candidate.  He also stole 30 bases that season and became one of the league’s only 30/30 men.  Johnson was able to accomplish that feat 2 more times with the Mets – in 1989 and 1991 when he went 36/41 and 38/30 respectively.  Johnson’s reputation as a very solid all-around player earned him (2) Top 5 finishes for the MVP in each of these 30/30 seasons.

‘Ho-Jo’ finished his career with 228 home runs and 231 stolen bases – a true all-around ‘gamer’.  Johnson went on to play 1 season in Colorado and 1 final season with the Chicago Cubs before retiring at the age of 35 in 1995. 

Today, ‘Ho-Jo’ serves as a hitting coach for the New York Mets and is still a fan favorite in ‘The Big Apple’.