Johnny Roseboro Stats

Johnny Roseboro was born on Saturday, May 13, 1933, in Ashland, Ohio. Roseboro was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 14, 1957, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 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 Roseboro baseball stats page.

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"It's an unreal life (major league ballplayer) and when you leave it, you're lost. You can't deal with reality. They keep pushing money at you and then one day they suddenly stop and you find yourself standing in an unemployment line, hiding your face so former friends won't see you." - Johnny Roseboro in Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places (Dorothy Seymour Mills, McFarland Publishing, 01/11/2010, 'One. A Manly Pursuit', Page 38)

Johnny Roseboro

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John Roseboro Autograph on a 1968 Topps (#65 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Junior Roseboro
Nickname:
John - Johnny - Gabby
Born On:
05-13-1933  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Ashland, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-16-2002 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Los Angeles, California
Cemetery:
Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
High School:
Ashland High School (Ashland, OH)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
06-14-1957 (Age 24)
Last Game:
08-11-1970
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Johnny Roseboro Pitching Stats

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Johnny Roseboro Hitting Stats

1957 24 Dodgers 35 69 6 10 2 0 2 0 6 10 2 20 0 0 0 0 .145 .253 .261
1958 25 Dodgers 114 384 52 104 11 9 14 0 43 36 2 56 4 5 2 5 .271 .333 .456
1959 26 Dodgers 118 397 39 92 14 7 10 0 38 52 11 69 5 4 3 7 .232 .322 .378
1960 27 Dodgers 103 287 22 61 15 3 8 1 42 44 6 53 3 2 4 1 .213 .323 .369
1961 28 Dodgers 128 394 59 99 16 6 18 0 59 56 8 62 2 6 4 1 .251 .346 .459
1962 29 Dodgers 128 389 45 97 16 7 7 0 55 50 11 60 5 5 7 8 .249 .341 .380
1963 30 Dodgers 135 470 50 111 13 7 9 1 49 36 3 50 2 7 3 9 .236 .291 .351
1964 31 Dodgers 134 414 42 119 24 1 3 0 45 44 9 61 7 6 4 7 .287 .357 .372
1965 32 Dodgers 136 437 42 102 10 0 8 0 57 34 7 51 3 4 2 5 .233 .289 .311
1966 33 Dodgers 142 445 47 123 23 2 9 0 53 44 13 51 4 4 3 11 .276 .343 .398
1967 34 Dodgers 116 334 37 91 18 2 4 0 24 38 12 33 4 2 2 8 .272 .348 .374
1968 35 Twins 135 380 31 82 12 0 8 0 39 46 9 57 2 5 2 7 .216 .300 .311
1969 36 Twins 115 361 33 95 12 0 3 0 32 39 12 44 3 3 0 6 .263 .333 .321
1970 37 Senators 46 86 7 20 4 0 1 0 6 18 5 10 0 0 0 1 .233 .365 .314
14 Years 1,585 4,847 512 1,206 190 44 104 2 548 547 110 677 44 53 36 76 .249 .326 .371

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Johnny Roseboro Fielding Stats

1957 Dodgers 1B 5 4 117 40 8.0 40 37 3 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.23
1957 Dodgers C 19 15 414 106 5.6 103 99 4 3 0 1 5 2 .972 6.72
1958 Dodgers C 104 97 2,528 638 6.1 630 594 36 8 5 3 26 15 .987 6.73
1958 Dodgers CF 1 1 21 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1958 Dodgers LF 4 4 108 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1959 Dodgers C 117 114 3,065 910 7.8 902 848 54 8 10 14 4 17 .991 7.95
1960 Dodgers 1B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1960 Dodgers 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1960 Dodgers C 87 84 2,157 693 8.0 688 640 48 5 10 10 23 19 .993 8.61
1961 Dodgers C 125 117 2,973 946 7.6 933 877 56 13 16 10 0 10 .986 8.47
1962 Dodgers C 128 117 3,100 913 7.1 899 842 57 14 10 10 10 38 .985 7.83
1963 Dodgers C 134 128 3,433 982 7.3 974 908 66 8 6 14 36 27 .992 7.66
1964 Dodgers C 128 116 3,059 879 6.9 873 809 64 6 8 10 19 29 .993 7.71
1965 Dodgers 3B 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1965 Dodgers C 131 117 3,216 884 6.7 879 824 55 5 7 8 33 26 .994 7.38
1966 Dodgers C 138 125 3,396 976 7.1 969 904 65 7 11 7 42 31 .993 7.70
1967 Dodgers C 107 90 2,445 620 5.8 610 550 60 10 6 6 32 27 .984 6.74
1968 Twins C 117 105 2,753 748 6.4 741 689 52 7 5 5 46 22 .991 7.27
1969 Twins C 111 102 2,632 650 5.9 637 585 52 13 16 11 11 45 .980 6.53
1970 Senators C 30 22 561 128 4.3 128 122 6 0 1 2 13 2 1.000 6.16
C Totals 1,476 1,349 35,732 10,073 6.8 9,966 9,291 675 107 111 111 300 310 .989 7.53
1B Totals 6 4 120 40 6.7 40 37 3 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
LF Totals 4 4 108 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
3B Totals 2 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
CF Totals 1 1 21 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
14 Years 1,489 1,358 35,990 10,117 6.8 10,010 9,332 678 107 115 111 300 310 .989 7.51

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Johnny Roseboro Miscellaneous Stats

1957 Dodgers 0 0 .000 4 10 n/a 34.5 3.5 11.5 - - -
1958 Dodgers 11 8 .579 9 1 n/a 27.4 6.9 8.9 - - -
1959 Dodgers 7 5 .583 4 0 n/a 39.7 5.8 10.4 - - -
1960 Dodgers 7 6 .538 18 1 n/a 35.9 5.4 6.8 - - -
1961 Dodgers 6 4 .600 9 0 n/a 21.9 6.4 6.7 - - -
1962 Dodgers 12 3 .800 4 3 n/a 55.6 6.5 7.1 - - -
1963 Dodgers 7 6 .538 4 0 n/a 52.2 9.4 9.6 - - -
1964 Dodgers 3 3 .500 15 0 n/a 138.0 6.8 9.2 - - -
1965 Dodgers 1 6 .143 9 0 n/a 54.6 8.6 7.7 - - -
1966 Dodgers 3 2 .600 11 0 n/a 49.4 8.7 8.4 - - -
1967 Dodgers 2 4 .333 18 0 n/a 83.5 10.1 13.9 - - -
1968 Twins 2 3 .400 27 0 n/a 47.5 6.7 9.7 - - -
1969 Twins 5 5 .500 6 1 n/a 120.3 8.2 11.3 - - -
1970 Senators 1 1 .500 21 0 n/a 86.0 8.6 14.3 - - -
14 Years 67 56 .545 159 16 n/a 46.6 7.2 8.8 - - -

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Johnny Roseboro Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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Did you know that John Roseboro was the successor to Roy Campanella whose playing career ended due to a paralyzing car crash? On January 28, 1958, after closing a liquor store that he owned, Campy began to drive home in Glen Cove (New York). En route, traveling at approximately 30 mph, his rented 1957 Chevrolet sedan hit a patch of ice at an S-curve on Dosoris Lane near Apple Tree Lane, then skidded into a telephone pole and overturned, breaking Campanella's neck (fracturing the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae) and leaving the future Hall of Fame catcher paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Johnny Roseboro took his spot behind the plate, became a six-time All-Star ( 1958 , 1961 (a), 1961 (b), 1962 (a), 1962 (b), 1969 ), played in four World Series for the Dodgers ( 1959 , 1963 , 1965 & 1966 ), won two Gold Gloves (1961 & 1966 / the first Golden Gloves ever worn by a Dodgers backstop), and had a "little" career defining incident:
Johnny Roseboro vs Juan Marichal
Johnny Roseboro vs Juan Marichal | AP Wire Photo | August 22, 1965

Roseboro vs Marichal

Roseboro was involved in an altercation with Dominican pitcher Juan Marichal during a game between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park on August 22, 1965 .

Early in the game, Juan Marichal knocked down Maury Wills and Ron Fairly with brushback pitches. When Marichal came up to bat against Sandy Koufax in the third inning, Koufax wouldn't retaliate, but his catcher, Roseboro, apparently wanted to. Roseboro returned Koufax's pitches seriously close to Marichal's face. Upset with that unusual attempt, the future Hall-of-Famer hit Roseboro over the head with his bat three times, opening a two-inch gash that sent blood flowing down the catcher's face that would require 14 stitches.

The Giants and the Dodgers , who nurture a heated rivalry with each other dating back to their days together in the New York market, and who were both strong contenders for the 1965 National League pennant, cleared their respective benches and began a 14-minute brawl on the field before Koufax , Giants captain Willie Mays and other peacemakers restored order.

After the incident, National League President Warren Giles suspended Marichal for nine games, fined him $1,750, and also forbade him from traveling to Dodger Stadium for the final, crucial two-game series of the season. The Giants won both of them in the middle of a 14-game streak, but the Dodgers got even hotter later to win the pennant, and eventually defeated the Minnesota Twins in seven games in the World Series. Marichal said the day after the incident (AP Wire, San Francisco Chronicle, 08/23/1965, Page 1):

"First of all, I want to apologize for hitting Roseboro with my bat. I am sorry I did that. But he was coming toward me, with his mask in his hand, and I was afraid he was going to hit me with his mask, so I swung my bat. If he had only said something, I would not have swung. I hit him once, and I am sorry.

"I think the anger started on Friday night. On his last time at bat in that game, Maury Wills Wills deliberately stepped back, forcing Tom Haller to tip Wills ' bat with his glove. So when Matty Alou came to bat in the next inning, he did the same thing, but the plate umpire, Doug Harvey, did not award him first base. Then, Roseboro yelled over at our dugout, 'If this stuff keeps up we're going to get one of you guys and get him good–right in the ear.' The umpire must have heard this. And later, Roseboro repeated it to Orlando Cepeda . That is why I want him present when I meet Warren Giles.

"When I came to bat on Sunday, the first pitch was a perfect strike. The second one was a little inside. Johnny Roseboro deliberately dropped the ball so he could get behind me. Then he threw the ball back to Koufax real hard–nobody ever throws the ball back to the pitcher that hard–and it ticked my ear. I might expect Koufax to throw at me but I did not look for someone to throw at me from behind me. Then I turn around and I say, 'Why did you do that?' He did not say a word. He just took off his mask, and came toward me. I was afraid he was going to hit me with his mask, so I hit him with my bat. I am sorry but many times our players on the Giants are hit by pitches and sometimes hurt, and nobody says anything then."

So Marichal contended Roseboro returned a pitch close to his nose. Roseboro said he did nothing to provoke Marichal's reaction and later sued him for $110,000 in damages. Marichal didn't face the Dodgers again until May 3, 1966 . He got the victory and Roseboro went 1 for 4.

Dodger fans were angry at Marichal for several years afterward, and reacted violently when he was signed by the Dodgers in 1975. However, by this time Roseboro had forgiven Marichal , and personally appealed to the fans to calm down.

After years of bitterness, Roseboro and Marichal became close friends in the 1980s, getting together occasionally at Old-Timers games, golf tournaments and charity events. Roseboro also personally appealed to the Baseball Writers Association of America not to hold the incident against Marichal after it passed him over for election to the Hall of Fame four years in a row. Marichal did get elected in 1983, and thanked Roseboro in his induction speech.

Have you ever wondered how good an instructor Ted Williams was? In Baseball Digest (November 1995, Mike Blake, 'Stars from 1970s Recall Special Baseball Moments', Page 56) Roseboro said, " Ted Williams taught me more about hitting my last year in Washington than I had picked up my entire career elsewhere. I learned more with him that season than everywhere else. I think what a big waste of time my career was in L.A. Their hitting instructors were supposed to be the best, but they never taught me to think at the plate. Ted Williams advocates hitters thinking up there and then teaches discipline and pitch selection, saying that the pitcher has to come to you and you are in control, not he pitcher; make him do what you want, not let him make you do what he wants."

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