August 21 – Happy Birthday Johnny Ellis

When Johnny Ellis first came up to the Yankees in 1969, he was a catcher. The problem for Ellis back then was that the other catcher the Yankees promoted from their farm system that same season was a guy by the name of Thurman Munson. So the Yankees started playing Ellis at first base and he did OK there. In fact, I do remember having hope back then that this New London, CT native would become the next great Yankee first baseman. That didn’t happen. He was never really more than a part-time player during his four seasons in the Bronx and then was included in a package of players that was dealt to Cleveland in November of 1972 for Graig Nettles. He had his two best big league seasons as Cleveland’s DH and part-time first baseman and then put back on his catching gear when he was traded to Texas in 1976, where he was the Rangers’ backup receiver for the final half-dozen seasons of his 13-year Major League career. In 883 games lifetime, Ellis averaged .262 and hit 69 home runs. Also born on this same date was this last great Yankee closer before Mariano.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1969 NYY 22 65 62 2 18 4 0 1 8 0 1 11 .290 .308 .403 .711
1970 NYY 78 249 226 24 56 12 1 7 29 0 18 47 .248 .305 .403 .708
1971 NYY 83 271 238 16 58 12 1 3 34 0 23 42 .244 .322 .340 .663
1972 NYY 52 144 136 13 40 5 1 5 25 0 8 22 .294 .333 .456 .789
13 Yrs 883 2915 2672 259 699 116 13 69 391 6 190 403 .262 .312 .392 .704
TEX (6 yrs) 301 863 800 65 205 37 1 22 131 5 48 138 .256 .298 .388 .686
NYY (4 yrs) 235 729 662 55 172 33 3 16 96 0 50 122 .260 .317 .391 .709
CLE (3 yrs) 347 1323 1210 139 322 46 9 31 164 1 92 143 .266 .318 .396 .714
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2014.

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