Well, I'm afraid we've finally come to the end of another batch of cards from the peerless Max. But don't worry...the next five cards I'll be covering also came from Max, and there are some really exciting selections in that group! For now, we'll try to focus on Johnnie Wyatt and his kelly green undershirt. My eye is drawn to the white seams in the shoulder area; it almost looks like he's wearing long johns, doesn't it?
-A Chicagoan by birth, John signed with the Cardinals in 1954.
-A 9-3 record with a 3.13 ERA in 52 games with the Portsmouth-Norfolk Tides in 1961 convinced the woeful A's to give him a shot at age 26.
-Made his only All-Star team in 1964 (9-8, 20 SV, 3.59 ERA). Set a major league record (broken in 1965 by Eddie Fisher) with 81 games pitched.
-Traded to Boston in mid-1966. Had a career year in 1967, going 10-7 with 20 saves, a 2.60 ERA, and a 1.18 WHIP for the American League Champion Red Sox. He pitched twice in the 1967 World Series vs. the Cardinals, earning the win in relief in Game 6 despite allowing a seventh-inning home run to Lou Brock to tie the game. A four-run Red Sox rally in the bottom of the inning was his saving grace.
-Passed away after suffering a heart attack at age 62 in 1998.