Thursday, June 14, 2007
Classic card of the week
John Henry Johnson, 1987 Topps
After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Henry Johnson was immediately drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. Of course, I’m kidding – he was actually drafted by the Giants – obviously - and was eventually traded to the Brewers for 65 acres of land and the Senator of Virginia’s daughter. John Henry Johnson famously stunned the conservative American Congress by showing up to a weekly meeting wearing a wig that was not powdered white, which ironically was the origin of the “white afro,” which would ultimately be perfected by future American leaders such as Gallagher and Napolean Dynamite. Now, you may be wondering about John Henry Johnson’s baseball career, and asking yourself questions like, “How did John Henry Johnson develop such a love for the game of baseball?” That is an excellent question, and the back of this card can help explain: John Henry participated in Little League ball. Amazing, but true! It is not very often that you see a young boy participating in Little League ball, much less a young boy that would eventually go on to the big leagues! In fact, a 1986 survey stated that 94% of Major League Baseball players were once Girl Scouts, and had never even heard of “Little League.” But now you are undoubtedly saying to yourself, “But what about John Henry Johnson’s professional career?” Another excellent question. Let’s let the back of this card take over once again: July 6, 1965: Don Demeter played his 266th consecutive errorless game in outfield. Don’s 1965 Topps card was #429. Well, I hope that answers all of your questions about the great John Henry Johnson. Please remember to send him a thank-you card the next time you see an awesome white afro out in public. And don’t forget to vote! John Henry Johnson didn’t invent democracy for nothing!
Did you know?
John Henry Johnson’s nickname was Jo-He-Jo.