Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Collection: Jay Johnstone "The Moon Man" - Who Is that Guy?

Check out the card above.  It is a 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game "Nickname Greats" autographed card of Jay Johnstone.  Notice, though, that it is clearly not Jay Johnstone in that photo.  Johnstone had crazy curly hair.  Besides, the man in the photo above looks way too serious, and that's not a word I don't think anyone would ever use to describe this renowned prankster.

As described in wikipedia:
He pulled off a number of infamous pranks during his playing days, including placing a soggy brownie inside Steve Garvey's first base mitt, setting teammate's cleats on fire (known as "hot-footing"), cutting out the crotch area of Rick Sutcliffe's underwear, locking Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda in his office during spring training, once dressing up as a groundskeeper and sweeping the Dodger Stadium infield in between innings and then hitting homers the next, nailing teammate's cleats to the floor, and replacing the celebrity photos in manager Lasorda's office with pictures of himself, Jerry Reuss and Don Stanhouse. One time, during pre-game warm ups, he climbed atop the Dodger dugout and, in full game uniform, walked through the field boxes at Dodger Stadium to the concession stand and got a hot dog. He also once dressed up in Lasorda's uniform (with padding underneath) and ran out to the mound to talk to the pitcher while carrying Lasorda's book and a can of Slim Fast.
Anyway, does anyone have a guess as to who is in the photo above?

BTW, I first got wind that this was a wrong photo through Dodger Bobble in a post earlier this year.  Some of the commentators on that post think it may be Jim Lefebvre.  What do you think?

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  1. It's Tim Johnson.


    1. Now I want a Johnstone auto card with him actually on the card!

  2. Jay’s books are so good. He’s gone, but his spirit lives on.


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