1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros
Player Name: Cliff Johnson
Card Number: 143
Team: Houston Astros
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.
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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.
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1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – The Complete Set
This was a fun set to review. Taking a look back at the major headlines from the sport 30 years ago really puts into perspective how much the game and its players have changed over the course of 3 decades.
I also love to learn more about the players that paved the way for the stars of today. Picking up extra knowledge and admiration for guys like Willie McCovey, Pete Rose, Lou Brock, and Carl Yastrzemski is never a bad thing when you are someone who loves and appreciates the history of the game like I do!!
Here’s a look at the complete 6-card set:
I hope you enjoyed learning about these guys and their amazing feats from the 1979 baseball season as much as I did.
I am certainly going to go after more subsets as I continue to find this to be great fun!!! Thanks.
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I was able to pick up this subset for a very low price. It’s a 6-card set and it highlights some amazing accomplishments that occurred during the 1979 baseball season.
1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #3
Headline – “Manny Mota sets all-time pinch mark with 145th substitute hit”
Text on the back – Los Angeles, September 2, 1979 – Dodgers’ Manny Mota smacked a pinch-single in the eight inning of tonight’s game to set major league record of 145 pinch hits. The former mark of 144 was held by Smoky Burgess, catcher, 1949-1967.
30 years later – The new record holder is Lenny Harris who has 212 career pinch-hits.
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