Thursday, October 1, 2015

#458 - Randy Johnson

What a card: This is the final card of Randy Johnson, even though he enjoyed his best major league season in 1984, receiving 284 at-bats and hitting .279 for Atlanta. He spent all of 1985 in the minors and batted .193.

My observation on the front: According to, Johnson didn't play a game at second base in 1984. I am aware that baseball-reference makes no promise that those particular historical fielding stats are completely accurate.

More opinion from me: If Johnson isn't wearing blue spikes in this photo I am going to be very disappointed.

Something you might not know: That is not the Randy Johnson who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer. He is one of three Randy Johnsons who began their major league career in the 1980s. He'd later go on to play in Japan and coach in the Padres organization.

Something you might not know: This card is the last Randy Johnson card to appear in a major card set until the pitcher Randy Johnson made his rookie debut in the Donruss, Fleer, Score, Topps and Upper Deck sets in 1989.

My observation on the back: So what this factoid is saying is that there could have been a Randy Johnson and a Don Johnson in the major leagues before THAT Randy Johnson and THAT Don Johnson. 1985 Topps card back, I think you just blew my mind.

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