Johnstone spent 20 years in the major leagues, breaking in with the California Angels in 1966 and finishing with 17 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1985. In between, he banged out 1254 hits while playing for six different teams. His best seasons probably came during a stretch with the Philadelphia Phillies in the mid-1970’s. He hit .329 for the Phillies in 1975, .318 in 1976 and .284 with a a career-high 15 home runs in 1977. Johnstone had 21 postseason at bats and delivered an impressive .476 average. He was twice a member of World Series winning teams, in 1978 with the New York Yankees and in 1981 with the Dodgers.
As he notes on the questionnaire, Johnstone belted a pinch-hit, two-run home run off Yankees’ reliever Ron Davis in the sixth inning of the fourth game of the 1981 World Series. The blast put the Dodgers up for good in the game and helped them win the series in six games.
Johnstone is currently working to raise money for Wounded Warriors. In his letter back to us, he asked that we let everyone know, so that’s what we’re doing. If you would like to help out, you can donate here.
Jay Johnstone – career stats