Big Blue Baseball team mourns their own Jay Johnstone born 1945 died today 28th September 2020.
His death was confirmed by the Baseball Player Passings through their Facebook page:
His death was also confirmed by Sports Mase Media through their Social Media page:
“It’s with a heavy heart that I post the passing of friend and Dodger legend and great humanitarian Jay Johnstone.
Here is the families post from earlier today, 9/29/2020.
I am sad to share that my father, Jay Johnstone, passed away on Saturday evening. He was an amazing man and a friend to everyone he met. He loved his teammates and always lit up when he told stories from his playing days. The pranks were his favorite and he pulled plenty of them at home, too! He cherished the friendships he made over the years with each of you and he will watch over all of us forever.
Dodger Stadium lost power at Saturday night’s game within only a couple minutes of his passing and I know in some strange way this must have been his final prank and curtain call. We love you, Jay!”
John William Johnstone Jr was an American former professional baseball player and television sports announcer.
He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder from 1966 to 1985 for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs.
Johnstone was a member of two World Series teams with the Yankees in 1978 and the Dodgers in 1981. He known as a versatile outfielder with a good sense of humor, known for keeping clubhouses loose with pranks and gimmicks. He later served as a radio color commentator for the Yankees (1989–1990) and Phillies (1992–1993).