John Boozer Stats

John Boozer was born on Wednesday, July 6, 1938, in Columbia, South Carolina. Boozer was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 22, 1962, with the Philadelphia Phillies. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive John Boozer baseball stats page.

"The Phillies relief pitcher, aptly named John Boozer, was getting shelled, but the Phillies had already gone through about 6 relievers, so Boozer was taking one for the team. He threw the baseball in to his catcher about 5 times to get the plate umpire to change the ball. Each time, the umpire refused. There was a lot of yelling back and forth, and with a few hundred people left at the game, you could hear every word. Eventually, Gene Mauch trotted out from the Phillies dugout towards the mound. He asked for the ball; everyone thought he was tired of the charade and was pulling Boozer from the game. Then, Mauch dropped the baseball on the grass on the side of the mound, and started stomping on it with his left foot. Back in those days, everyone (the manager included) wore steel spikes on their shoes. Mauch ripped the baseball to shreads (similar to that baseball that the fictional Roy Hobbs hit in the movie, The Natural). He picked up the guts and the pieces of cowhide, walked over to the plate umpire, dropped the mess at the ump's feet and said, very loudly, 'My pitcher wants a new baseball.' The ump reaches in his bag, gets a new ball, tossed it to Boozer, and in the same motion, tossed Mauch out of the game." - Phillies Fan Bob Lopeck on Pertaining to Motherhood (Denise Marotta Lopes, , 10/05/2011)
John Boozer

John Boozer Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#599 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1969top01' title='1969 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
John Boozer Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#599 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Morgan Boozer
Nickname:
Johnny
Born On:
07-06-1938  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Columbia, South Carolina
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-24-1986 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Lexington, South Carolina
Cemetery:
Pilgrim Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lexington, South Carolina
High School:
Lexington High School (Lexington, SC)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
07-22-1962 (Age 24)
Last Game:
10-01-1969
Draft:
Not Applicable
John Boozer

John Boozer Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1962 24 Phillies 9 0 1 0 0 .000 5.75 0 0 0 20.1 88 22 13 13 3 10 1 13 0 0 0 -
1963 25 Phillies 26 8 5 3 4 .429 2.93 2 0 1 83.0 336 67 27 31 11 33 5 69 1 1 0 -
1964 26 Phillies 22 3 9 3 4 .429 5.07 0 0 2 60.1 258 64 34 37 6 18 2 51 1 2 0 -
1966 28 Phillies 2 2 0 0 0 .000 6.75 0 0 0 5.1 27 8 4 5 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 -
1967 29 Phillies 28 7 8 5 4 .556 4.10 1 0 1 74.2 324 86 34 39 6 24 5 48 5 1 1 -
1968 30 Phillies 38 0 20 2 2 .500 3.67 0 0 5 68.2 295 76 28 32 3 15 3 49 2 2 0 -
1969 31 Phillies 46 2 19 1 2 .333 4.28 0 0 6 82.0 362 91 39 46 12 36 5 47 6 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
7 Years 171 22 62 14 16 .467 4.09 3 0 15 394.1 1,690 414 179 203 42 139 21 282 15 6 1 -
John Boozer

John Boozer Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1962 24 Phillies 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1963 25 Phillies 26 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
1964 26 Phillies 23 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .077 .077 .077
1966 28 Phillies 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1967 29 Phillies 28 19 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 .211 .250 .211
1968 30 Phillies 38 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
1969 31 Phillies 46 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .333 .400 .333
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
7 Years 172 74 2 12 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 24 4 0 0 0 .162 .184 .162
John Boozer

John Boozer Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1962 Phillies P 9 0 61 3 0.3 3 0 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.33
1963 Phillies P 26 8 249 10 0.4 9 2 7 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 0.98
1964 Phillies P 22 3 181 17 0.8 17 5 12 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.54
1966 Phillies P 2 2 16 1 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1967 Phillies P 28 7 224 17 0.6 17 4 13 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1968 Phillies P 38 0 206 16 0.4 16 2 14 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1969 Phillies P 46 2 246 13 0.3 12 3 9 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.32
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 171 22 1,183 77 0.5 75 16 59 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.71
7 Years 171 22 1,183 77 0.5 75 16 59 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.71
John Boozer

John Boozer Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1962 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.30 5.75 4.43
1963 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 2.09 7.48 3.58
1964 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 2.83 7.61 2.69
1966 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.67 8.44 5.06
1967 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 19.0 2.00 5.79 2.89
1968 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 0.0 3.27 6.42 1.97
1969 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.31 5.16 3.95
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
7 Years 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.1 37.0 2.03 6.44 3.17
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John Boozer Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1962 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1963 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1964 Philadelphia Phillies 19 Undetermined - -
1966 Philadelphia Phillies 19 Undetermined - -
1967 Philadelphia Phillies 28 Undetermined - -
1968 Philadelphia Phillies 28 Undetermined - -
1969 Philadelphia Phillies 21 Undetermined - -


John Morgan Boozer was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies (1962-1964 and 1966-1969). Boozer, after he made his debut on July 22, 1962 , was the first big leaguer from Lexington High School, in Lexington, South Carolina!

Did you know that John Boozer, on May 2, 1968 , was ejected for throwing spitballs? Did you know it took place during the pre-game warm-up! Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following Baseball Digest (December 1972, Page 43) story:

A CASE OF MISGUIDED ENFORCEMENT AGAINST SPITBALL

It was 1968 and the rule saying a ball should be called in the pitched touched his fingers to his mouth had just been put into effect. Philadelphia was playing in New York and John Boozer had just relieved Woodie Fryman for the Phillies.

Boozer went to the mound for his eight warm up pitches, toed the rubber and spit on his hand. "Ball one," said umpire Ed Vargo.

"How can he be charged with a ball on a warm-up pitch?" cried Phillie manager Gene Mauch , rushing out to argue.

"He went to his mouth inside the 18-foot cricle," said Vargo. "And that's a ball anytime."

"But the game's eight pitches away from being in progress," said Mauch .

"It doesn't matter," answered Vargo.

"What if he does it again?" said Mauch .

"I'll call ball two."

"Do it," Mauch told Boozer who complied.

"Ball two," said Vargo.

Mauch told Boozer to spit again. Vargo called ball three and threw Boozer out of the game. Dick Hall came in to pitch.

"What if Hall does it?" said Mauch.

"I'll forfeit the game to the Mets," said Vargo.

Mauch wasn't prepared to go that far but the Mets' Bud Harrelson became the first man in baseball history to draw three balls while in the on-deck circle. And the last.

The next day, National League preseident Warren Giles ruled the spitball ban does not apply during the warm-up period.

John Boozer is one-of-only-four (known / record / located) Major League Baseball players to be ejected from a game for violation of the spitball rule! The other three were Nels Potter (July 20, 1944), Phil Regan (August 18, 1968), and Gaylord Perry (August 23, 1982).

Last-Modified: July 6, 2019 7:00 AM EST

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