John Montefusco Stats

John Montefusco was born on Thursday, May 25, 1950, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Montefusco was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1974, with the San Francisco Giants. 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 Montefusco baseball stats page.

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"At the end of the game ( 09/03/1974 ), it was the greatest feeling in the world. It was the greatest high that I have ever experienced in my life. The adrenalin that I felt in the ninth inning was incredible. I didn't care who in the hell came up to bat in the ninth inning, because the adrenalin that was rushing through my body would have allowed me to get Willie Mays , Joe DiMaggio , Babe Ruth , Mickey Mantle , Lou Gehrig and anybody else out in that ninth inning. I felt no pain and like I was 10 feet off the ground in that ninth inning." - John Montefusco in The Pastime in the Seventies: Oral Histories of 16 Major Leaguers (Bill Ballew, McFarland Publishing, 10/01/2002, "13. John Montefusco', Page 150)

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John "The Count" Montefusco Autograph on a 1984 Topps (#761)

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Birth Name:
John Joseph Montefusco, Jr.
Nickname:
The Count - The Count of Montefusco
Born On:
05-25-1950  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Long Branch, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Long Branch High School (Long Branch, NJ)
College:
Brookdale Community College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
09-03-1974 (Age 24)
Last Game:
05-01-1986
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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John Montefusco Pitching Stats

1974 24 Giants 7 5 1 3 2 .600 4.81 1 1 0 39.1 179 41 21 22 3 19 0 34 0 0 0 -
1975 25 Giants 35 34 1 15 9 .625 2.88 10 4 0 243.2 1,018 210 78 85 11 86 12 215 6 8 2 -
1976 26 Giants 37 36 0 16 14 .533 2.84 11 6 0 253.1 1,045 224 80 90 11 74 8 172 3 4 1 -
1977 27 Giants 26 25 0 7 12 .368 3.49 4 0 0 157.1 689 170 61 82 10 46 6 110 5 3 0 -
1978 28 Giants 36 36 0 11 9 .550 3.81 3 0 0 238.2 1,003 233 101 110 25 68 6 177 4 4 3 -
1979 29 Giants 22 22 0 3 8 .273 3.94 0 0 0 137.0 585 145 60 64 15 51 7 76 3 2 0 -
1980 30 Giants 22 17 0 4 8 .333 4.37 1 0 0 113.1 498 120 55 61 15 39 6 85 2 2 1 -
1981 31 Braves 26 9 4 2 3 .400 3.49 0 0 1 77.1 323 75 30 32 9 27 2 34 2 0 1 -
1982 32 Padres 32 32 0 10 11 .476 4.00 1 0 0 184.1 770 177 82 93 17 41 2 83 2 3 1 -
1983 33 Padres 31 10 9 9 4 .692 3.30 1 0 4 95.1 398 94 35 38 6 32 6 52 1 1 1 -
1983 33 Yankees 6 6 0 5 0 1.000 3.32 0 0 0 38.0 157 39 14 14 3 10 0 15 0 1 0 -
1984 34 Yankees 11 11 0 5 3 .625 3.58 0 0 0 55.1 234 55 22 26 5 13 2 23 1 1 0 -
1985 35 Yankees 3 1 1 0 0 .000 10.29 0 0 0 7.0 34 12 8 8 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 -
1986 36 Yankees 4 0 1 0 0 .000 2.19 0 0 0 12.1 50 9 3 3 2 5 0 3 0 0 0 -
13 Years 298 244 17 90 83 .520 3.54 32 11 5 1,652.1 6,983 1,604 650 728 135 513 57 1,081 29 29 10 -

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John Montefusco Hitting Stats

1974 24 Giants 7 14 5 4 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 .286 .333 .714
1975 25 Giants 35 80 4 7 0 1 1 0 2 5 0 44 9 0 0 1 .088 .141 .150
1976 26 Giants 38 78 3 8 1 0 0 0 3 5 0 42 6 1 1 1 .103 .165 .115
1977 27 Giants 26 49 1 6 0 0 1 0 4 3 0 24 4 0 0 0 .122 .173 .184
1978 28 Giants 37 70 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 32 9 0 1 2 .057 .132 .071
1979 29 Giants 24 42 3 7 3 1 0 0 3 1 0 11 2 0 0 1 .167 .186 .286
1980 30 Giants 22 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 3 0 1 0 .033 .094 .033
1981 31 Braves 26 15 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 .067 .067 .133
1982 32 Padres 32 58 2 5 1 0 0 0 2 4 0 30 6 0 0 1 .086 .145 .103
1983 33 Padres 31 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 11 4 0 0 0 .053 .143 .053
1983 33 Yankees 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1984 34 Yankees 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 35 Yankees 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 36 Yankees 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
13 Years 302 455 23 44 7 2 4 0 18 27 0 219 43 1 3 6 .097 .152 .147

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John Montefusco Fielding Stats

1974 Giants P 7 5 118 4 0.6 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.92
1975 Giants P 35 34 731 37 1.1 36 11 25 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 1.33
1976 Giants P 37 36 760 36 1.0 33 12 21 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 1.17
1977 Giants P 26 25 472 23 0.9 22 10 12 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.26
1978 Giants P 36 36 716 38 1.1 36 8 28 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.36
1979 Giants P 22 22 411 30 1.4 29 9 20 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.91
1980 Giants P 22 17 340 15 0.7 15 6 9 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.19
1981 Braves P 26 9 232 19 0.7 18 6 12 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.09
1982 Padres P 32 32 553 43 1.3 40 11 29 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.95
1983 Padres P 31 10 286 19 0.6 16 3 13 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .842 1.51
1983 Yankees P 6 6 114 5 0.8 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.18
1984 Yankees P 11 11 166 9 0.8 8 1 7 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.30
1985 Yankees P 3 1 21 2 0.7 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1986 Yankees P 4 0 37 5 1.3 5 2 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.65
P Totals 298 244 4,957 285 1.0 269 82 187 16 8 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.47
13 Years 298 244 4,957 285 1.0 269 82 187 16 8 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.47

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John Montefusco Miscellaneous Stats

1974 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 7.0 3.5 4.7 1.79 7.78 4.35
1975 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 80.0 1.8 40.0 2.50 7.94 3.18
1976 Giants 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 1.9 26.0 2.32 6.11 2.63
1977 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 49.0 2.0 12.3 2.39 6.29 2.63
1978 Giants 1 0 1.000 0 1 n/a 0.0 2.2 0.0 2.60 6.67 2.56
1979 Giants 0 1 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 3.8 14.0 1.49 4.99 3.35
1980 Giants 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 0.0 2.18 6.75 3.10
1981 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.7 0.0 1.26 3.96 3.14
1982 Padres 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.9 29.0 2.02 4.05 2.00
1983 Padres 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.7 19.0 1.63 4.91 3.02
1983 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.50 3.55 2.37
1984 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.77 3.74 2.11
1985 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 2.57 2.57
1986 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.60 2.19 3.65
13 Years 1 1 .500 1 4 0 113.8 2.1 25.3 2.11 5.89 2.79

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Did you know that John Montefusco was the first SAN FRANCISCO Giants player to hit a home run in his first at-bat ? On September 3, 1974 , in the top of the third inning, batting in the nine-hole, relief pitcher Charlie Hough on the mound, "The Count" crushed the knuckler's pitch in his first big-league at-bat and drove in his first RBI (pinch runner Dave Rader , who was on first).

Did you know that John Montefusco was the first Giants pitcher to win a Rookie of the Year Award, joining Willie Mays (1951 / Outfielder), Orlando Cepeda (1958 / First Baseman), Willie McCovey (1959 / First Baseman), and Gary Matthews (1973 / Outfielder).

Did you know that John Montefusco threw a no-hitter in high school, went 18-2 at Brookdale Community College, yet was passed over in the amateur draft? Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of his big league no-hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'John Montefusco', Page 294):
John Montefusco No Hitter
John Montefusco No Hitter | The Mercury (AP Laserphoto) | 10/01/1976 | Page 30

John Montefusco No Hitter (Box Score: 09-29-1976 )

John Montefusco said, "You've got be good to pitch a no-hitter," and on Wednesday September 29 at Fulton County Stadium, he proved that, at least on that night, he was.

Working against the NL West's sixth place Atlanta Braves , the 26-year-old nonstop talker joined the pitching fraternity's elite corps with a no-hitter in his last start of the season. A scant crowd of 1,369 was on hand to witness the occasion.

It was the last home game of the season for the hapless Braves as they sent out Jamie Easterly to face Montefusco's fourth place San Francisco Giants of the NL West.

Montefusco pitched with a congested chest that had bothered him for the previous week. He insisted on pitching, though, so he could continue his ongoing feud with former teammate Willie Montanez .

Carrying a 15-14 record, Montefusco showed no mercy. Only one Brave reached first base against him as he faced 28 batters, striking out four and walking one. Ten Braves went down on flies to the outfield, none of the balls hit hard.

Montefusco got three of those fly balls in the first with Jerry Royster and Rod Gilbreath lofting to center and Montanez skying to left.

The Count retired the first nine batters in a row before Atlanta put its only runner of the game on base when Royster walked on a 3-1 pitch leading off the fourth. After Gilbreath flew out to left, Royster moved to second, but he stayed put as the inning ended on Dave May's fly to left.

The walk spoiled Montefusco's perfect game, but not his fun. He set down the side in order from the fifth inning on, ending up retiring 18 Braves in a row.

Montefusco was strong at the end. He struck out Gilbreath and May in the seventh. In the eighth, Brian Asselstine flew out to right and Tom Paciorek grounded out to short. Rookie catcher Dale Murphy followed with the Braves best bid for a hit with a liner that Marty Perez gloved at second without moving.

The dangerous Jim Wynn pinch-hit leading off the ninth and was called out on strikes. Another pinch-hitter was next, but Cito Gaston hit a routine fly ball to Bobby Murcer in right. Murcer caught the last out, too, grabbing Royster's easy fly.

The Giants ripped 12 hits with Johnny LeMaster driving in three runs. They scored four in the second, the big blows being RBI singles by Derrel Thomas and Larry Herndon and a two-run double by LeMaster . LeMaster tripled and scored on Montefusco's ground out to second in the fourth, and Gary Thomasson hit a two-run single and LeMaster a sacrifice fly for three more runs in the fifth. The Giants ' last run crossed in the ninth when Gary Matthews singled and scored on a double by Murcer .

At the conclusion of the game, Braves owner Ted Turner romped onto the field, hugged Montefusco and poured champagne over the pitcher's head. Turner promised champagne for all in attendance. Montefusco led the celebration (picture above).

The Count of Montefusco was how Giants announcer Al Michaels introduced John Montefusco when he made his big league debut, but a year prior, in the minor leagues, John won a game in El Paso and the local paper referred to him then as the "Count of Monty Amarillo" - a career-long nickname had been created.

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

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