In compiling this list, I had almost forgotten that Howard Johnson had been a Cub. Yep. Those were some innocent times when I didn’t remember Johnson’s 87-game reign of terror as a Cub.
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The highlight of Johnson’s career is being a pinch-hit stud in R.B.I. Baseball. Certainly not the .195 average he put up as a Cub. Not even his Keith Hernandez mustache made it worth having to suffer through a year of “HoJo” on the Cubs.
Low Point: As a pinch hitter one is supposed to, you know, hit. So why did Johnson go nearly a month, from July 14, 1995, to August 10, 1995, without collecting one?
Did You Know? According to Wikipedia, Within two years of retiring, Johnson’s two major National League switch-hitting home run records were broken. In 1996, his single-season record was broken by former teammate, Todd Hundley, who finished with 41. In 1997, his career record was broken by Bobby Bonilla who hit his 210th National League home run in the midst of a championship season with the Florida Marlins. Meaning you’ll never have to think about Howard Johnson again. You’re welcome.