Johnny Roseboro for Los Angeles Dodgers
- 1B, C, CF, LF, OF, 3B
- May 13, 1933
- 5' 11"
- 190 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-14-1957 with BRO
- Allstar Selections:
- 1961 GG, 1966 GG
Where does Johnny Roseboro rank among baseball greats?
Johnny Roseboro ranks among the Top 50 all-time at C. Rankings ?
The Marichal Incident
In an August 22, 1965 game between the bitter west coast rivals, after two of his Dodger teammates had been plunked by Giants pitcher Juan Marichal, Johnny Roseboro signalled for Sandy Koufax to drill Marichal.
"Koufax was constitutionally incapable of throwing at anyone's head, so I decided to take matters into my own hands," wrote Roseboro in his autobiography.
What Roseboro did was whip his return throw past Marichal's ear. This infuriated Marichal, who proceeded to use his bat to open a gash in Roseboro's head. Both benches emptied and Marichal was ordered from the game. Roseboro was carried off the field and needed 14 stitches to close the wound in his head.
Unfortunately, the terrifying event was chronicled in great detail by photographers, and the image of Marichal raising his bat over his head to deliver a blow to Roseboro was carried in practically every newspaper in the nation and re-printed in Life magazine.
Marichal was suspended for eight games and fined $1,750 by Major League Baseball. But most damaging to his character, the "Dominican Dandy" was condemned by many in the media. Roseboro, who missed just two games with his head injury (which required 14 stitches), eventually filed a lawsuit, seeking more than $100,000 in damages. Ultimately, Roseboro and Marichal settled, and Juan paid the catcher $7,000.
Always the gentleman, Roseboro accepted his responsibility for the fight.
"I provoked it," Roseboro would recall, "I threw that ball too close to Juan's ear."
In later years, the two men reconciled and became close friends. When Marichal missed making the Hall of Fame by a few votes one year, Roseboro came to his defense and worried that the incident would unfairly taint the pitcher's legacy. When Roseboro died, Marichal spoke at his funeral.
John Junior Roseboro was born on May 13, 1933, in Ashland, OH.
August 16, 2002, Los Angeles, CA
Major League Debut
We're not sure if any of his teammates ever called him "Rosie," but that would have been a good nickname. His teammates did call him "Gabby." Not because he was a chatterbox, but in an ironic way because Roseboro was so quiet.
1959 World Series
1963 World Series
1965 World Series
1966 World Series
1969 American League Championship Series
Awards and Honors
1961 NL Gold Glove
1966 NL Gold Glove