John Denny Stats

John Denny was born on Saturday, November 8, 1952, in Prescott, Arizona. Denny was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 12, 1974, with the St. Louis Cardinals. 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 Denny baseball stats page.

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"I have resigned myself to the fact that I am not perfect," says Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Denny. A year ago he wouldn't have gotten much of an argument. He had a modest 75-71 lifetime record and a reputation for being difficult with fans, umpires and the press. But that was before the sparkling season of 1983. Denny won the Cy Young Award with a 19-6 record, picked up his team's only victory in the World Series and was named Comeback Player of the Year ." - Author Richard K. Rein in People Magazine (Vol. 21, No. 14, 04/09/1984, 'The Prayers of Born-Again Pitcher John Denny Were Answered with An Award-Winning Season', Source )

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John Denny Autograph on a 1976 Topps Baseball Card (#339 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1976top01' title='1976 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

John Denny Autograph on a 1976 Topps Baseball Card (#339 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Allen Denny
Nickname:
None
Born On:
11-08-1952  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Prescott, Arizona
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Prescott High School (Prescott, AZ)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
09-12-1974 (Age 21)
Last Game:
08-18-1986
Draft:
1970 : 29th Round (671st)

John Denny

John Denny Pitching Stats

1974 22 Cardinals 2 0 0 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 2.0 11 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -
1975 23 Cardinals 25 24 0 10 7 .588 3.97 3 2 0 136.0 591 149 60 73 5 51 6 72 8 3 1 -
1976 24 Cardinals 30 30 0 11 9 .550 2.52 8 3 0 207.0 861 189 58 71 11 74 3 74 5 8 0 -
1977 25 Cardinals 26 26 0 8 8 .500 4.51 3 1 0 149.2 664 165 75 85 9 62 0 60 6 5 1 -
1978 26 Cardinals 33 33 0 14 11 .560 2.96 11 2 0 234.0 936 200 77 81 13 74 4 103 8 6 4 -
1979 27 Cardinals 31 31 0 8 11 .421 4.85 5 2 0 206.0 900 206 111 116 24 100 7 99 6 3 1 -
1980 28 Indians 16 16 0 8 6 .571 4.39 4 1 0 108.2 464 116 53 54 4 47 2 59 4 5 1 -
1981 29 Indians 19 19 0 10 6 .625 3.15 6 3 0 145.2 623 139 51 62 9 66 3 94 10 3 0 -
1982 30 Indians 21 21 0 6 11 .353 5.01 5 0 0 138.1 609 126 77 80 11 73 2 94 5 6 2 -
1982 30 Phillies 4 4 0 0 2 .000 4.03 0 0 0 22.1 94 18 10 12 1 10 1 19 0 0 0 -
1983 31 Phillies 36 36 0 19 6 .760 2.37 7 1 0 242.2 983 229 64 77 9 53 5 139 6 4 1 -
1984 32 Phillies 22 22 0 7 7 .500 2.45 2 0 0 154.1 612 122 42 53 11 29 2 94 0 4 0 -
1985 33 Phillies 33 33 0 11 14 .440 3.82 6 2 0 230.2 998 252 98 112 15 83 5 123 8 3 0 -
1986 34 Reds 27 27 0 11 10 .524 4.20 2 1 0 171.1 731 179 80 89 15 56 9 115 2 4 1 -
13 Years 325 322 0 123 108 .532 3.59 62 18 0 2,148.2 9,077 2,093 856 967 137 778 49 1,146 68 54 12 -

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John Denny Hitting Stats

1974 22 Cardinals 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 23 Cardinals 26 44 4 10 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 17 6 0 0 0 .227 .227 .227
1976 24 Cardinals 30 67 3 15 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 27 7 0 0 0 .224 .235 .254
1977 25 Cardinals 26 51 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 15 5 0 1 1 .098 .132 .098
1978 26 Cardinals 33 73 10 13 3 1 0 0 3 4 0 21 7 1 0 0 .178 .218 .247
1979 27 Cardinals 31 70 5 9 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 21 8 1 0 0 .129 .139 .186
1980 28 Indians 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1981 29 Indians 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1982 30 Indians 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1982 30 Phillies 4 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .167 .375 .167
1983 31 Phillies 36 77 7 13 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 16 17 0 0 2 .169 .190 .182
1984 32 Phillies 22 47 3 9 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 11 5 1 0 0 .191 .204 .191
1985 33 Phillies 33 81 2 10 1 0 0 0 4 4 0 19 3 0 0 0 .123 .165 .136
1986 34 Reds 27 54 6 12 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 15 5 0 0 1 .222 .263 .222
13 Years 326 570 44 97 9 2 0 0 29 19 0 164 63 3 1 4 .170 .197 .193

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John Denny Fielding Stats

1974 Cardinals P 2 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1975 Cardinals P 25 24 408 45 1.8 41 11 30 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .911 2.71
1976 Cardinals P 30 30 621 62 2.1 58 24 34 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .935 2.52
1977 Cardinals P 26 26 449 49 1.9 46 9 37 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .939 2.77
1978 Cardinals P 33 33 702 94 2.8 90 17 73 4 8 n/a n/a n/a .957 3.46
1979 Cardinals P 31 31 618 54 1.7 52 16 36 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.27
1980 Indians P 16 16 326 27 1.7 26 8 18 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.15
1981 Indians P 19 19 437 57 3.0 54 14 40 3 7 n/a n/a n/a .947 3.34
1982 Indians P 21 21 415 31 1.5 31 12 19 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.02
1982 Phillies P 4 4 67 8 2.0 8 1 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.22
1983 Phillies P 36 36 728 66 1.8 58 16 42 8 6 n/a n/a n/a .879 2.15
1984 Phillies P 22 22 463 57 2.6 56 20 36 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .982 3.27
1985 Phillies P 33 33 692 54 1.6 54 15 39 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.11
1986 Reds P 27 27 514 58 2.1 56 16 40 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.94
P Totals 325 322 6,446 662 2.0 630 179 451 32 46 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.64
13 Years 325 322 6,446 662 2.0 630 179 451 32 46 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.64

John Denny

John Denny Miscellaneous Stats

1974 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 4.50 0.00
1975 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 2.6 14.7 1.41 4.76 3.38
1976 Cardinals 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 16.8 1.00 3.22 3.22
1977 Cardinals 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.4 25.5 0.97 3.61 3.73
1978 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 24.3 1.39 3.96 2.85
1979 Cardinals 1 2 .333 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 23.3 0.99 4.33 4.37
1980 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.26 4.89 3.89
1981 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.42 5.81 4.08
1982 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.29 6.12 4.75
1982 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 1.90 7.66 4.03
1983 Phillies 2 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.8 38.5 2.62 5.16 1.97
1984 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 11.8 3.24 5.48 1.69
1985 Phillies 2 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 20.3 1.48 4.80 3.24
1986 Reds 2 3 .400 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 13.5 2.05 6.04 2.94
13 Years 9 5 .643 0 1 0 0.0 3.5 19.7 1.47 4.80 3.26

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John Denny Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1974 St. Louis Cardinals 36 $15,000.00 - -
1975 St. Louis Cardinals 36 $16,000.00 - -
1976 St. Louis Cardinals 36 $28,000.00 - -
1977 St. Louis Cardinals 36 $100,000.00 - -
1978 St. Louis Cardinals 36 $125,000.00 - -
1979 St. Louis Cardinals 36 $175,000.00 - -
1980 Cleveland Indians 40 Undetermined - -
1981 Cleveland Indians 40 Undetermined - -
1982 Cleveland Indians 40 $666,666.00 - -
1982 Philadelphia Phillies 40 "     " - -
1983 Philadelphia Phillies 40 $666,666.00 - Stats
1984 Philadelphia Phillies 40 $666,667.00 - -
1985 Philadelphia Phillies 40 $1,109,333.00 - -
1986 Cincinnati Reds 40 $1,083,333.00 - -
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Did you know that on August 28, 1981 September 2, 1981 , Denny stopped Oakland‚ 2-0‚ his second straight shutout. Then in his third consecutive start, on September 6, 1981 , Denny beat California‚ 2-0, his third straight shutout - Denny was subsequently rewarded with a three-year, $2 million contract after the season!

Later that same season, John Denny had another "memorable" game, though it wasn't a shutout. On September 23, 1981 , Denny surrendered ten hits across 3.1 innings, surrendered a home run to Reggie Jackson , and the two players found photographs of their entangled bodies splashed across newspapers. Benchclearing: Baseball's Greatest Fights and Riots (Spike Vrusho, Lyons Press, 03/07/2008, Page 185) included the brawl in their wonderfully researched book:

Reggie Orders Fisticuff Omelette at Denny's

The sight of Yankees Oscar Gamble and Bobby Brown carrying Reggie Jackson off the field like a cardboard cutout - somehow holding him horizontally - was startling enough. The fact that Jackson was clapping his hands, nodding and laughing maniacally added to the disturbing sight. It was a Wednesday night game in the Bronx against Cleveland. It was late September in the strike-torn season of 1981. Indians pitcher John Denny (of Reggie Smith vs. Denny and D. Ford / Carew vs. Denny) had knocked Jackson down in the second inning before striking him out. After the K, Jackson barked in anger at Denny, striking a dangerous pose in front of the plate. The dugout floodgates opened and teammates streamed onto the field, but there was no physical clash.

In the fourth inning, Jackson put the Yankees up 6-1 over Cleveland with a towering two-run homer. He enjoyed himself around the bases, doffed his helmet to the crowd after rounding third base, then touched home plate where he was greeted by Dave Winfield , who scored ahead of him. On-deck batter Graig Nettles was there, hand extended for a handshake that never came. Keeping a cautious eye on Jackson was Cleveland catcher Ron Hassey . Home plate umpire Dale Ford had begun to walk toward Denny, motioning for him to stay back, anticipating what would come next.

In what would be oft-replayed footage, Jackson followed his step onto home plate with a complete left turn and dead sprint toward Denny, who had walked toward home plate during Jackson's celebratory trek. He grabbed the pitcher into a headlock and crashed him to the grass, with Hassey and Winfield quickly piling on top of them. After the Gamble and Brown extraction, Jackson was ejected from the game, as was Denny.

To add to the asylum-like atmosphere, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner made perhaps the most bizarre post-game statement: "From here on, any pitcher who throws at a Yankee batter will be served with a lawsuit within twenty-four hours or during his next visit to New York - be it for pleasure or work," he said.

John Denny vs Reggie Jackson
John Denny vs Reggie Jackson | The Pantagraph | September 24, 1981 | Page 1
In 1983 , John Denny enjoyed the finest season of his big league career, winning a league leading 19 games, losing only 7 ( league leader in winning percentage ), and was second in ERA (behind Atlee Hammaker , Top 25 ). Denny received the Cy Young Award for his efforts, capturing 20 of the 24 first-place votes, and became the first Philadelphia Phillies right-handed pitcher to receive the honor . The Phillies first lefty was Steve Carlton , who had four Cy Youngs on his shelf (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982).

John Denny committed a Major League leading eight errors from the mound with the 1983 Philadelphia Phillies, a total not matched by any Phillies pitcher since. Two years later, Denny led the entire league again, with an error-free (1.000 fielding percentage) season.

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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