Jay Johnstone Biography – Jay Johnstone Wiki
Jay Johnstone (born John William Johnstone Jr.) was an American 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.
He won World Series championships as a versatile outfielder with the New York Yankees in 1978 and Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. After retiring, he served as a radio color commentator for the Yankees (1989–1990) and Phillies (1992–1993).
Born on Nov. 20, 1945, in Manchester, Connecticut, he moved to Southern California a few years later. He grew up in West Covina and attended Edgewood High, where he lettered in four sports. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Angels in 1963 and made his major league debut on July 30, 1966, at age 20.
He appeared in the movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) as a member of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels. After the Dodgers’ 1981 World Series victory, Johnstone and Dodger teammates Rick Monday, Jerry Reuss, and Steve Yeager appeared on Solid Gold and sang their own rendition of Queen’s hit, We Are the Champions.
Jay Johnstone Age
John William Johnstone Jr. was born on November 20, 1945, in Manchester, Connecticut, United States. He died on September 26, 2020, in Granada Hills, California. He was 74.
Jay Johnstone Wife
Jay Johnstone was married to his wife Mary Jayne Johnstone from November 25, 1967, until his death on September 26, 2020.
Jay Johnstone Daughter
Johnstone and his wife, Mary Jayne Saunders, had one daughter, Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone.
Jay Johnstone Family
Johnstone was the son of Jack Johnstone and Audrey Whebell. His father, Jack Johnstone, was in combat in the South Pacific with the US Army in World War II. During the war, he met an Australian woman, Audrey Whebell, and they married. Jack and Audrey had three children, of whom Jay was the first, followed by a brother and a sister.
Jay Johnstone Death
Johnstone died on September 26, 2020, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jayne Johnstone; daughter Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone; sister Sandy Clairmont; and son-in-law Ryan Dudasik.
Jay Johnstone Cause of Death
Jay Johnstone’s cause of death was complications from COVID-19.
Jay Johnstone Illness
Jay Johnstone died of complications from COVID-19. He also had suffered from dementia in recent years, according to his daughter Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone.
Jay Johnstone Net Worth
Jay Johnstone’s net worth was estimated to be $2 million.