Johnny Edwards Stats

Johnny Edwards was born on Friday, June 10, 1938, in Columbus, Ohio. Edwards was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 27, 1961, with the Cincinnati Reds. 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 Johnny Edwards baseball stats page.

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"The best defensive catcher I ever pitched to was Johnny Edwards. Johnny had a good memory and the ability to change the game plan based on how his pitcher was throwing on a given day. I'll never forget what he told me one night in San Diego. It was the third inning and I was struggling. I still hadn't given up much, maybe a run, but I was in trouble the first two innings and it seemed like I was shaking off the fastball about half the time. When I got to the bench, Johnny came over and sat next to me. He asked me why I wasn't throwing more fastballs. I told him that it was because I didn't feel like I had a very good baseball. 'Bullshit!' he said. 'How many fastballs have they hit hard so far?' I thought about it for a moment and said, 'None.' 'Well,' he said, 'you may not feel like you're throwing it well, but it looks pretty good from my angle.' I started throwing more fastballs after that and breezed through the rest of the game." - Larry Dierker in My Team: Choosing My Dream Team from My Forty Years in Baseball (Simon & Schuster Publishers, 06/12/2007, Page 28)

Johnny Edwards

Johnny Edwards Autograph on a 1972 Topps Baseball Card (#416 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1972top01' title='1972 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Johnny Edwards Autograph on a 1972 Topps Baseball Card (#416 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Alban Edwards
Nickname:
Clydesdale
Born On:
06-10-1938  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Columbus, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
West High School (Columbus, OH)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
220
First Game:
06-27-1961 (Age 23)
Last Game:
10-02-1974
Draft:
Not Applicable

Johnny Edwards

Johnny Edwards Pitching Stats

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Johnny Edwards Hitting Stats

1961 23 Reds 52 145 14 27 5 0 2 0 14 18 4 28 0 1 1 3 .186 .279 .262
1962 24 Reds 133 452 47 115 28 5 8 1 50 45 9 70 2 2 1 5 .254 .322 .392
1963 25 Reds 148 495 46 128 19 4 11 1 67 45 5 93 2 5 4 8 .259 .322 .380
1964 26 Reds 126 423 47 119 23 1 7 1 55 34 9 65 3 7 1 5 .281 .331 .390
1965 27 Reds 114 371 47 99 22 2 17 0 51 50 16 45 2 3 1 5 .267 .353 .474
1966 28 Reds 98 282 24 54 8 0 6 0 39 31 8 42 3 3 0 6 .191 .269 .284
1967 29 Reds 80 209 10 43 6 0 2 0 20 16 8 28 5 1 0 3 .206 .261 .263
1968 30 Cardinals 85 230 14 55 9 1 3 0 29 16 0 20 1 4 1 6 .239 .287 .326
1969 31 Astros 151 496 52 115 20 6 6 0 50 53 12 69 4 4 2 17 .232 .306 .333
1970 32 Astros 140 458 46 101 16 4 7 0 49 51 16 63 3 2 1 9 .221 .299 .319
1971 33 Astros 106 317 18 74 13 4 1 0 23 26 9 38 1 1 0 0 .233 .291 .309
1972 34 Astros 108 332 33 89 16 2 5 0 40 50 12 39 1 8 1 5 .268 .358 .373
1973 35 Astros 79 250 24 61 10 2 5 0 27 19 7 23 4 1 2 4 .244 .301 .360
1974 36 Astros 50 117 8 26 7 1 1 0 10 11 3 12 0 1 1 1 .222 .292 .325
14 Years 1,470 4,577 430 1,106 202 32 81 3 524 465 118 635 31 43 16 77 .242 .311 .353

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Johnny Edwards Fielding Stats

1961 Reds C 52 39 1,152 277 5.3 272 257 15 5 2 11 18 8 .982 6.38
1962 Reds C 130 12 351 911 7.0 899 807 92 12 11 16 0 1 .987 69.15
1963 Reds C 148 14 402 1,101 7.4 1,095 1,008 87 6 16 10 0 10 .995 73.54
1964 Reds C 120 116 3,062 971 8.1 963 890 73 8 17 11 11 47 .992 8.49
1965 Reds C 110 98 2,702 830 7.5 822 761 61 8 9 5 46 34 .990 8.21
1966 Reds C 98 84 2,212 662 6.8 657 617 40 5 3 7 50 25 .992 8.02
1967 Reds C 73 57 1,556 489 6.7 484 454 30 5 4 4 25 18 .990 8.40
1968 Cardinals C 54 52 1,460 378 7.0 375 350 25 3 2 1 11 14 .992 6.93
1969 Astros C 151 140 3,723 1,221 8.1 1,214 1,135 79 7 9 10 10 53 .994 8.80
1970 Astros C 139 134 3,531 933 6.7 928 854 74 5 11 6 6 59 .995 7.10
1971 Astros C 104 91 2,449 606 5.8 603 555 48 3 7 9 34 26 .995 6.65
1972 Astros C 105 96 2,585 694 6.6 686 645 41 8 8 9 60 24 .988 7.17
1973 Astros C 76 69 1,835 462 6.1 457 435 22 5 3 2 48 16 .989 6.72
1974 Astros C 32 27 722 175 5.5 173 157 16 2 3 1 27 6 .989 6.47
C Totals 1,392 1,029 27,742 9,710 7.0 9,628 8,925 703 82 105 102 346 341 .992 9.37
14 Years 1,392 1,029 27,742 9,710 7.0 9,628 8,925 703 82 105 102 346 341 .992 9.37

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Johnny Edwards Miscellaneous Stats

1961 Reds 1 0 1.000 5 0 n/a 72.5 5.2 10.4 - - -
1962 Reds 1 1 .500 8 0 n/a 56.5 6.5 9.0 - - -
1963 Reds 1 5 .167 2 0 n/a 45.0 5.3 7.4 - - -
1964 Reds 1 2 .333 10 0 n/a 60.4 6.5 7.7 - - -
1965 Reds 0 0 .000 11 0 n/a 21.8 8.2 7.3 - - -
1966 Reds 1 3 .250 1 0 n/a 47.0 6.7 7.2 - - -
1967 Reds 1 4 .200 7 0 n/a 104.5 7.5 10.5 - - -
1968 Cardinals 1 1 .500 31 0 n/a 76.7 11.5 7.9 - - -
1969 Astros 2 1 .667 5 0 n/a 82.7 7.2 9.9 - - -
1970 Astros 1 0 1.000 3 0 n/a 65.4 7.3 9.3 - - -
1971 Astros 1 1 .500 8 0 n/a 317.0 8.3 13.8 - - -
1972 Astros 2 4 .333 6 0 n/a 66.4 8.5 8.3 - - -
1973 Astros 1 0 1.000 8 0 n/a 50.0 10.9 9.3 - - -
1974 Astros 1 1 .500 18 0 n/a 117.0 9.8 11.7 - - -
14 Years 15 23 .395 123 0 n/a 56.5 7.2 8.7 - - -

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Johnny Edwards Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1961 Cincinnati Reds 6 $3,000.00 - Stats
1962 Cincinnati Reds 6 Undetermined - -
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1964 Cincinnati Reds 6 Undetermined Stats -
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1966 Cincinnati Reds 6 Undetermined - -
1967 Cincinnati Reds 6 Undetermined - -
1968 St. Louis Cardinals 7 Undetermined - Stats
1969 Houston Astros 7 Undetermined - -
1970 Houston Astros 7 Undetermined - -
1971 Houston Astros 7 Undetermined - -
1972 Houston Astros 7 Undetermined - -
1973 Houston Astros 7 Undetermined - -
1974 Houston Astros 7 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Johnny Edwards caught two no hitters (one less than Hall of Fame catchers Yogi Berra , Roy Campanella & Ray Schalk )? On August 19, 1965 , Edwards was behind the plate as Jim Maloney threw a 10-inning gem. When Johnny Bench arrived, the Cincinnati Reds traded Edwards to the St. Louis Cardinals and on September 18, 1968 , he caught another no hitter with with Ray Washburn on the mound.

In 1963 and 1964, Johnny Edwards led all National League catchers in putouts, double plays turned, and range factor. Edwards also finished first and second in assists, and first and fourth in fielding average those two years. For his excellent defensive skills, he was awarded a Gold Glove at Catcher those two years, the first two ever won by a Cincinnati Reds backstop.

Johnny Edwards was behind the plate in 151 games in 1969, a franchise record for games caught in a season by a Houston Astros catcher. The next closest catcher is Brad Ausmus, who caught 143 games in 2003 and is the only other catcher from Houston with more than 140 games caught in a year. Edwards was just the fourth National League catcher to reach the 150+ games caught at that time, joining Ray Mueller (1944), Randy Hundley (1967 AND 1968) and Johnny Bench (1968). Edwards, however, also recorded 1,135 putouts in 1969, a Major League record for putouts in a season by a catcher that remains unbeaten to this day.

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