Johnnie Lemaster – 1981 Fleer

September 6, 2010


Now tell me if LeMaster doesn’t resemble Matthew McCongaughey’s character just a little bit. The baby moustache is the giveaway to me. I think LeMaster would drive a Firebird or something:

Let me tell you what Melba Toast is packin’ right here, all right. We got 4:11 Positrac outback, 750 double pumper, Edelbrock intake, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop-up pistons, turbo-jet 390 horsepower. We’re talkin’ some fuckin’ muscle.”

“The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.”

“Say, man, you got a joint?
No, not on me, man.
It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”

“Aerosmith, 2 weeks. Don’t forget.”

“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

As far as LeMaster as a player goes, well, there’s the immortal take in the 1986 Bill James Baseball Abstract on how LeMaster single-handedly wrecked the 1985 Indians season. (Well, that’s a bit of hyperbole, since it took a team effort to go 60-102). But the Indians were 10-13 with Julio Franco at short and a resurrected Tony Bernazard at second. Bernazard was hitting .318 on May 7, and Franco was coming off a ROY season.

As James said:

1. Franco never played 2B, and was miffed at moving there in mid-May.

2. LeMaster was, well, “Johnny Disaster”, who avoided leading the league in errors only because he didn’t hit well enough to stay in the lineup.

3. LeMaster had conflicts with his manager in San Francisco.

So the Indians grabbed a player who played the same position as their all-star, was a head case for a horrible team and couldn’t hit OR field.

Bernazard said it best, “I don’t mean to be rude, but who the hell is Johnnie LeMaster?”

I’ll just leave that here…

One Response to “Johnnie Lemaster – 1981 Fleer”

  1. Steve Scott Says:

    Johnny was simply the greatest shortstop in baseball history in the first eight innings of a game. Hence the nickname “Johnny Disaster.” Actually he was my favorite player back then.

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