Tuesday, February 7, 2017

67mfc Jack Fisher, John Sullivan, &, finally, infielder Bob Johnson!

You see the action in this pic and the first thing you think is, uh-oh, my boys are in trouble again. For a pitcher to be on his fanny at home plate while playing the field cannot bode well. Jack Fishers down! It was not the usual wild pitch, however, it was a passed ball that got by Mets catcher Johnny Sullivan. Can't say Fisher didn't hustle. Ratty little Red stocking Dick Smith streaks around the plate in an odd fashion as he heads back to the field after scoring. Newly minted Reds rook Tony Perez looks on.


I'll have to find out who took that one.

So back to the action: You would think seeing such an unfortunate happenstance would mean this was not a game you were destined to win. But New York did win this game. In an extra inning's no less (the play above tied the game at 2-2 in the 8th). On May 9th, 1967, Jack Fisher went the full 11 innings, snatching the win from Cincy when Mets centerfielder Tommy Davis hit a solo walkoff in the the bottom of the 11th.

The Mets won the game the game 3-2 and it was a sign of things to come. Instead of finding new ways to lose the Mets were starting to find new ways to win.
I would have loved to have witnessed any part of the 1967 season with all those players that popped up and down. But players also began to blossom into what would become the '69 Champs.

Clean Jones (playing CF in '67), Bud Harrelson, and newly acquired catcher Jerry Grote gave New York some solid talent up the middle, and the seeds for '69 have been sown.

And Jack Fisher would soon become part of the trade that brought Tommie Agee to town in 1968. I've added the supporting players to the 67mfc TRADED! card because sometimes I forget Fisher was part of that deal. Jack Fisher served the Mets well.

Fellow Mets fan Pete Jones requested a Bob Johnson and provided an excellent black & white photo to use. I did the colorization work so this will be a unique version for an mfc card. Thank you Pete. :)

Largely a utility infielder and pinch hitter, Bob Johnson appeared in 11 Major League Baseball seasons, from 1960 until 1970. Johnson was a member of the 1966 World Series champion Baltimore Orioles.

In 1967, Johnson collected 13 pinch hits in 34 at-bats in a season split between the Orioles and the  New York Mets. Although Johnson's career batting average was only .272, he twice hit over .340 as a part-time player, for the 1967 Mets (.348) and the 1969 Athletics (.343).

I did not know Johnson had the nickname "Rocky" until I went looking for his autograph to use on the card. I wonder how that went over with Ron Swoboda. 

As you can see Bob Johnson was immortalized in "Mrs Payson's New York Metropolitan 1967 Baseball Club" mfc Sgt. Pepper spoof pocket poster.  There are supposed to be a record setting 57 players as New York brought up the farm in '67. I think I got them all in but I never counted. Hodges, Agee, and Bob Murphy are not counted as Mets players. Casey is just a statue tribute. The original Mr. Met was the first team mascot ever to photobomb a team picture.