John Mayberry Stats

John Mayberry was born on Friday, February 18, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan. Mayberry was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1968, with the Houston Astros. 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 Mayberry baseball stats page.

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"I couldn't believe they ( Kansas City ) let him (John Mayberry) get away. He's awesome. He's the kind of guy that puts a little fright in you. They didn't have that big thumper in their lineup without him." - New York Yankees Pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage in Baseball Digest (March 1979)

John Mayberry

John Mayberry Autograph on a 1981 Topps Baseball Card (#169 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1981top03' title='1981 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

John Mayberry Autograph on a 1981 Topps Baseball Card (#169 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Claiborn Mayberry
Nickname:
None
Born On:
02-18-1949  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Detroit, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Northwestern High School (Detroit, MI)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
220
First Game:
09-10-1968 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-28-1982
Draft:
1967 : 1st Round (6th)

John Mayberry

John Mayberry Pitching Stats

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John Mayberry

John Mayberry Hitting Stats

1968 19 Astros 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 .000 .100 .000
1969 20 Astros 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
1970 21 Astros 50 148 23 32 3 2 5 0 14 21 6 33 1 2 2 6 .216 .318 .365
1971 22 Astros 46 137 16 25 0 1 7 0 14 13 2 32 0 2 2 2 .182 .260 .350
1972 23 Royals 149 503 65 150 24 3 25 1 100 78 13 74 1 3 3 12 .298 .394 .507
1973 24 Royals 152 510 87 142 20 2 26 0 100 122 17 79 0 4 2 5 .278 .417 .478
1974 25 Royals 126 427 63 100 13 1 22 0 69 77 11 72 1 1 6 4 .234 .358 .424
1975 26 Royals 156 554 95 161 38 1 34 0 106 119 16 73 1 5 4 8 .291 .416 .547
1976 27 Royals 161 594 76 138 22 2 13 0 95 82 7 73 0 12 2 12 .232 .322 .342
1977 28 Royals 153 543 73 125 22 1 23 0 82 83 9 86 1 7 7 13 .230 .336 .401
1978 29 Blue Jays 152 515 51 129 15 2 22 0 70 60 2 57 1 7 4 13 .250 .329 .416
1979 30 Blue Jays 137 464 61 127 22 1 21 0 74 69 7 60 1 2 5 10 .274 .372 .461
1980 31 Blue Jays 149 501 62 124 19 2 30 0 82 77 9 80 3 4 3 9 .248 .349 .473
1981 32 Blue Jays 94 290 34 72 6 1 17 0 43 44 4 45 0 2 8 7 .248 .360 .452
1982 33 Blue Jays 17 33 7 9 0 0 2 0 3 7 1 5 0 1 1 0 .273 .405 .455
1982 33 Yankees 69 215 20 45 7 0 8 0 27 28 2 38 0 1 5 7 .209 .313 .353
15 Years 1,620 5,447 733 1,379 211 19 255 1 879 881 106 810 10 53 55 108 .253 .360 .439

John Mayberry

John Mayberry Fielding Stats

1968 Astros 1B 2 2 48 25 12.5 25 25 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 14.06
1970 Astros 1B 45 38 1,041 408 9.1 406 371 35 2 29 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.53
1971 Astros 1B 37 36 957 333 9.0 332 317 15 1 20 n/a n/a n/a .997 9.37
1972 Royals 1B 146 138 102 1,427 9.8 1,420 1,338 82 7 141 n/a n/a n/a .995 375.88
1973 Royals 1B 149 145 3,867 1,547 10.4 1,538 1,457 81 9 156 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.74
1974 Royals 1B 106 100 2,676 1,034 9.8 1,024 963 61 10 101 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.33
1975 Royals 1B 131 129 3,474 1,315 10.0 1,299 1,199 100 16 105 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.10
1976 Royals 1B 160 159 447 1,596 10.0 1,589 1,484 105 7 132 n/a n/a n/a .996 95.98
1977 Royals 1B 145 138 3,762 1,384 9.5 1,377 1,296 81 7 118 n/a n/a n/a .995 9.88
1978 Blue Jays 1B 139 133 3,492 1,203 8.7 1,195 1,143 52 8 120 n/a n/a n/a .993 9.24
1979 Blue Jays 1B 135 129 3,387 1,272 9.4 1,266 1,192 74 6 129 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.09
1980 Blue Jays 1B 136 135 3,468 1,330 9.8 1,322 1,243 79 8 138 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.29
1981 Blue Jays 1B 80 78 1,902 688 8.6 683 647 36 5 65 n/a n/a n/a .993 9.70
1982 Blue Jays 1B 4 3 102 40 10.0 40 39 1 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.59
1982 Yankees 1B 63 58 1,464 482 7.7 480 455 25 2 49 n/a n/a n/a .996 8.85
1B Totals 1,478 1,421 30,189 14,084 9.5 13,996 13,169 827 88 1,307 n/a n/a n/a .994 12.52
14 Years 1,478 1,421 30,189 14,084 9.5 13,996 13,169 827 88 1,307 n/a n/a n/a .994 12.52

John Mayberry

John Mayberry Miscellaneous Stats

1968 Astros 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 0.0 - - -
1969 Astros 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 0.0 - - -
1970 Astros 1 1 .500 6 0 n/a 29.6 4.5 10.6 - - -
1971 Astros 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 19.6 4.3 9.8 - - -
1972 Royals 0 2 .000 4 0 n/a 20.1 6.8 5.0 - - -
1973 Royals 3 0 1.000 6 0 1 19.6 6.5 5.1 - - -
1974 Royals 4 2 .667 9 0 16 19.4 5.9 6.2 - - -
1975 Royals 5 3 .625 0 0 27 16.3 7.6 5.2 - - -
1976 Royals 3 2 .600 0 0 2 45.7 8.1 6.3 - - -
1977 Royals 1 3 .250 2 0 8 23.6 6.3 6.6 - - -
1978 Blue Jays 1 2 .333 12 0 7 23.4 9.0 7.4 - - -
1979 Blue Jays 1 1 .500 7 0 0 22.1 7.7 6.3 - - -
1980 Blue Jays 0 0 .000 6 0 8 16.7 6.3 6.1 - - -
1981 Blue Jays 1 1 .500 7 0 10 17.1 6.4 6.7 - - -
1982 Blue Jays 0 0 .000 5 0 13 16.5 6.6 11.0 - - -
1982 Yankees 0 0 .000 3 0 4 26.9 5.7 8.0 - - -
15 Years 20 17 .541 84 0 96 21.4 6.7 6.2 - - -

John Mayberry

John Mayberry Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1968 Houston Astros 33 $9,000.00 - -
1969 Houston Astros 33 $10,000.00 - -
1970 Houston Astros 33 $11,000.00 - -
1971 Houston Astros 33 $13,000.00 - -
1972 Kansas City Royals 7 $17,000.00 - -
1973 Kansas City Royals 7 $50,000.00 Stats -
1974 Kansas City Royals 7 $50,000.00 Stats -
1975 Kansas City Royals 7 $125,000.00 - -
1976 Kansas City Royals 7 $175,000.00 - -
1977 Kansas City Royals 7 $200,000.00 - -
1978 Toronto Blue Jays 10 $450,000.00 - -
1979 Toronto Blue Jays 10 $450,000.00 - -
1980 Toronto Blue Jays 10 $600,000.00 - -
1981 Toronto Blue Jays 10 $650,000.00 - -
1982 Toronto Blue Jays 10 $850,000.00 - -
1982 New York Yankees 28 "     " - -
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Did you know that when John Mayberry hit three home runs in the same game, on July 1, 1975 , it was the first time any Kansas City Royals player hit three homers in a game ? Two years later, on June 1, 1977 , Mayberry hit three homers in another Royals game, that was a first as well! He remained, through 1984 , the only player from Kansas City with two such games. What future hall of famer tied Mayberry that year? [ Answer ]
John Mayberry, Three Home Runs in a Game
John Mayberry 3-HRs in a Game | Pensacola News Journal | July 2, 1975 | Page 14C

John Mayberry hit the 149th home run of his career on August 5, 1977 , off of Bart Johnson , in the bottom of the third inning. John had already collected a single off Chris Knapp in the second inning so when he legged out a triple in the fourth, he only needed a double to complete the cycle. A groundout in the sixth frame left him with one last chance, and in the bottom of the eighth, facing Don Kirkwood , Mayberry doubled to right field, completing the cycle.

49. John Mayberry [100 Best First Baseman in Major League History]

The same skills and weaknesses as Kent Hrbek . Left-handed hitter, quick bat, hit for power without excessive strikeouts, also had extremely soft hanks, fine first baseman. Both players put on weight they didn't need, and neither could run.

Mayberry in his three best seasons ('72, '73, and '75) was a better player than Hrbek , even in Hrbek's best seasons - in fact, Mayberry was as good as or better than Boog Powell , who was also a similar player. But Mayberry had only those three seasons where he meant anything to his teams; the rest of his career he was just cashing his paychecks.

In 1977 the Royals took a 2-1 lead in the American League playoffs, the fourth game being on a Saturday. They played the fourth game early to accomodate the TV network, which wanted to show a football game at 3:00, so Whitey Herzog told his mean that they could skip batting practice and get a good night's sleep before the fourth game. "John Mayberry dragged in real late," wrote Herzog in White Rat , "but I put him on first base anyway, which was my big mistake." Mayberry, suffering from an all-night party with his brothers, in from Detroit, played as bad a game as one could possibly play, dropping popups and striking out twice with men in scoring position. Herzog pulled him aside and asked what the hell was wrong. "The man couldn't even talk," wrote Herzog, "and I knew what was wrong... God only knows the kind of stuff they did. It must have been a hell of a party." Mayberry single-handedly cost the Royals the playoffs, and Herzog insisted that the Royals get rid of him. He was never the same player again.

Source: The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract . Bill James. Free Press Publishing. June 13, 2003. Page 450.

In 1935, Babe Ruth set a "record" when he collected the most home runs (6) in a season, without hitting any doubles. In 1971, John Mayberry hit seven home runs, did not collect a double, and broke the mark set by The Bambino! No player has surpassed this unique hitting feat (Earl Wilson did it twice, before Mayberry, in 1966 and 1968).

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