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Jay Johnstone
Born: November 20, 1945 (1945-11-20) (age 64)
Manchester, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 30, 1966 for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average     .267
Home runs     102
Runs batted in     531
Career highlights and awards

John William Johnstone Jr. (born November 20, 1945) is an American former professional baseball player, active from 1966 to 1985 for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs. Johnstone was known as a versatile outfielder with a good sense of humor, known for keeping clubhouses loose with occasional pranks and gimmicks. He later served as a color commentator for Yankees radio broadcasts with John Sterling for a couple of seasons.

Career highlights include:

  • As an Angel, he preserved Clyde Wright's no-hitter against the Athletics in the seventh inning by catching a Reggie Jackson fly ball 400 feet from straightaway center field, just in front of the wall (July 3, 1970).
  • As a Dodger, he hit a pinch-two run home run in Game Four of the 1981 World Series against the New York Yankees, the home run rallying the Dodgers from a 6-3 deficit to win 8-7. The victory also enabled the Dodgers to tie the Series at two games each; they won the next two games to win it all.


Clubhouse Prankster

He pulled off a number of infamous pranks during his playing days, including placing a soggy brownie inside Steve Garvey's first base mitt, setting teammate's cleats on fire (known as "hot-footing"), cutting out the crotch area of Rick Sutcliffe's underwear, locking Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda in his office during spring training, dressing up as a groundskeeper and sweeping the Dodger Stadium infield in between innings, nailing teammate's cleats to the floor, and replacing the celebrity photos in manager Lasorda's office with pictures of himself, Jerry Reuss and Don Stanhouse. One time, during pre-game warm ups, he climbed atop the Dodger dugout and, in full game uniform, walked through the field boxes at Dodger Stadium to the concession stand and got a hot dog. He also once dressed up in Lasorda's uniform (with padding underneath) and ran out to the mound to talk to the pitcher while carrying Lasorda's book and a can of Slim Fast.

As a baseball announcer, he once covered a microphone with a scent of stale eggs then proceeded to interview Dave Stewart, Mickey Hatcher and other players.

Connection with Rick Monday

Johnstone was born in Manchester, Connecticut, on the same day, month and year as Rick Monday, a teammate on the Dodgers' 1981 World Series championship team. Both also served in the Marine Corps in the 1960s early in their baseball careers. Both also bat left and played for the Athletics, Cubs and Dodgers.


While fictionally playing for the Seattle Mariners (a team he never played for in his real baseball career), Johnstone struck out looking against fictional California Angel pitcher Dave Spiwack in the top of the first inning in the movie Naked Gun. Johnstone, who was a left-handed hitter throughout his career, bats right-handed in the movie.

After the Dodgers' 1981 World Series victory, Johnstone and Dodger teammates Monday, Jerry Reuss, and Steve Yeager appeared on Solid Gold and sang their own rendition of Queen's hit, We Are the Champions.

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