Thursday, February 28, 2019

#42 John Roseboro

Johnny Roseboro is primarily remembered for the terrible 1965 confrontation he had with Juan Marichal and that's a shame because he was an outstanding big league catcher. After five seasons in the minors and a year in the service, Roseboro was thrust into the new spotlight of Dodger baseball in Los Angeles by the unfortunate accident that befell Roy Campanella in the winter of 1957.

Roseboro went on to make the NL All-Star squad that first full season and had a 14-year career that included three more All-Star teams, two Gold Gloves, and three World Series rings in four tries.

After a decade of catching the likes of Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen, and Sutton he was traded to the Twins where he helped win a division title in 1969.  He finished up with a year with the Senators. He later coached with a couple of major league clubs and served as a hitting instructor as well. Roseboro caught two of Sandy Koufax' no-hitters.

For those who have never seen them here are some outstanding pics of the 1965 incident.

Neil Leifer photograph and another.

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