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MLB Jerry Johnson’s Cause of Death at 77 Confirmed by his Wife


We are sad to announce that the San Francisco Giants’ leading relief pitcher, Jerry Johnson passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021. His wife confirmed Jerry Johnson’s cause of death.

His wife of 18 years, Susan Trautmann Johnson, announced her husband’s death news on Facebook, writing:

“Today, my sweet husband of 18 years went to be with the Lord. He went peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia and COPD. Some may believe that he lost that battle, but we all know that in the end he won the war! Because with our God, JJ lives on in eternity. He faced those diseases and his eventual death, the same way he did life, with dignity and strength. I am the luckiest woman alive, I had my very own Prince Charming! The life we lived together was nothing less than a miracle. Many people have said that we had a fairytale love affair. I don’t see any other way than that to describe the 19 years I spent with my Jerry. I miss you my love.”

Susan Trautmann Johnson

Johnson made his major league debut in July 1968 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Shibe Park. He gave up two earned runs in one inning of the Phillies’ 8-4 loss.

He performed for MLB with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, and San Francisco Giants.

The former MLB player Jerry Johnson has died at the age of 77

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MLB Jerry Johnson with the Giants

The Giants obtained him from the Cardinals for right-hander Frank Linzy in May 1970.

With the Giants, Johnson emerged as one of the top relievers in the National League, finishing sixth in Cy Young Award balloting during the time when such an honor was rare for relief pitchers.

He went 12-9 with a 2.97 ERA and 18 saves for the division-winning Giants in 1971. In his only post-season, he pitched 1.1 innings and gave up two runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates in game four of the 1971 National League Championship Series.

The Giants frequently asked Johnson to work multiple innings. He worked 109 innings in 67 appearances in 1971.

They relied heavily upon him in high-leverage situations that year, as his 12-9 record and 18 saves in 23 opportunities indicated. He was rewarded with a 6th-place finish in the NL Cy Young Award voting as his contributions to the Giants’ success.

Jerry enjoyed his best years by far with the Giants. He posted a record of 48-51 with 41 saves and an ERA of 4.31 in 365 career appearances (39 starts).

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Reactions to Jerry Johnson’s Death

After Jerry Johnson’s death news and cause of death were announced by his wife, several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

One wrote: “Just heard that former #MLB P Jerry Johnson passed away today–a great guy; may he rest in peace.”

Another tweeted: “Sad to hear about the passing of Jerry Johnson, the WP in the @bluejays first-ever game April 7, 1977. He died of Lewy Body Dementia.”

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We are eagerly waiting to get your words if you have more information. More information will be updated as we receive it. You can read about other celebrities’ life and career till death in the celebrity death section.

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  1. Michelle Gauthier November 16, 2021

    We all will miss you Jerry Johnson you are my favorite brother-in-law sending love and hugs to my family from Florida.

    1. US day News November 16, 2021

      So sorry for your loss, dear Michelle Gauthier. We are all heartbroken about Jerry Johnson’s death. He was a real legend. He will rest in paradise.


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