Bob Johnson (pitcher)

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Bob Johnson
Born: (1943-04-25) April 25, 1943 (age 72)
Aurora, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 1969 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
June 5, 1977 for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 28–34
Earned run average 3.48
Strikeouts 507
Career highlights and awards

Robert Dale Johnson (April 25, 1943 in Aurora, Illinois) is a former professional baseball player. He was a pitcher over parts of seven seasons (1969–1974, 1977) with the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Johnson was a member of the 1971 World Series champion Pirates. The 1971 season was also his most productive, finishing 9–10 with a 3.45 ERA, including 27 starts, seven complete games and one shutout.

The Pirates faced the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series that year, and with the 5-game series tied 1–1 after two games, Johnson started Game 3. He out-dueled Juan Marichal at Three Rivers Stadium, pitching eight innings and allowing only one unearned run for the win. The Pirates went on to win Game 4 to reach the World Series for the first time in 11 years. Johnson did not fare as well in the World Series, losing Game 2 at Memorial Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.

An alumnus of Bradley University, for his career he compiled a 28–34 record with a 3.48 ERA and 507 strikeouts in 183 appearances, including 76 starts, 18 complete games, two shutouts, 12 saves and 69213 innings pitched. He garnered 15 hits in 157 at-bats for an .096 lifetime batting average.


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