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Johnny Edwards
Born: June 10, 1938 (1938-06-10) (age 71)
Columbus, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 27, 1961 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1974 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Batting average     .242
Hits     1,106
Runs batted in     524
Career highlights and awards

John Alban Edwards (born June 10, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio[1 ]) was a former professional baseball catcher known for his excellent defensive skills, [2] who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds (1961-67), St. Louis Cardinals (1968) and Houston Astros (1969-74).[1 ]

He attended Ohio State University where he led the team in hits (24) in 1958 and was initiated into the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cincinnati Reds in 1959.[1 ] In his rookie season, he backed up Jerry Zimmerman and helped the Reds win the 1961 National League pennant.[3] In the 1961 World Series Edwards had a 4 hits and 2 RBIs in a losing cause, as the Reds lost to the New York Yankees in 5 games.[4][5] While his subsequent offensive statistics diminished, he developed into one of the best defensive catchers in the National League. [2]

With the arrival of Johnny Bench, the Reds traded Edwards to the St. Louis Cardinals for Pat Corrales and Jimy Williams on February 8, 1968. [6] With the Cardinals, he played backup catcher to Tim McCarver, helping them win the National League pennant, however, they would subsequently lose to the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series.[7][8] He was the Cardinals catcher on September 18, 1968 when Ray Washburn pitched a no-hitter.[9] On October 11, 1968 Edwards was traded with minor league player Tommy Smith to the Houston Astros for Dave Giusti and Dave Adlesh. [6] After playing his first season for the Houston Astros in 1969, he finished 36th in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award.[10]

In 14 seasons Edwards played in 1,470 games, producing 1,106 hits in 4,577 at bats for a .242 batting average along with 81 home runs and 524 runs batted in.[1 ] He was voted to three National League All-Star teams in 1963, 1964 and 1965.[1 ] A solid defensive player, he won the National League Gold Glove Award for catchers in 1963 and 1964, and led National League catchers in fielding percentage four times in 1963, 1969, 1970 and 1971.[11][12] As of the end of the 2009 Major League Baseball season he ranked 79th on the All-Time Intentional Walks List.[13]

He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in August 2008.[14] He was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2008.[15]

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