All-Time MLB Players From Louisiana: Johnny Jeter
There have been a number of individuals from Lafayette, and the Acadiana area, that have played in Major League Baseball over the years.
Obviously, the entire state of Louisiana has produced even more.
As a matter of fact, 246 people born in the state of Louisiana have appeared in a Major League Baseball game, beginning in 1874, with John Peters of New Orleans, who played 11 years, with the likes of the Chicago White Stockings, Milwaukee Grays, Providence Grays, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
All summer, we’ll preview a player from the state of Louisiana that appeared in Major League baseball, starting with players from Lafayette, before spotlighting players from the Acadiana area, and then a few from the state itself.
Yesterday, we spotlighted Terry Mathews.
Today, we feature Johnny Jeter.
Born in Shreveport in 1944, Jeter, a right-handed hitting outfielder, played parts of 6 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1969-1970), San Diego Padres (1971-1972), Chicago White Sox (1973), and the Cleveland Indians (1974).
Jeter went to East Point High School, and then played his college baseball at Grambling St., before being signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jeter made his Major League debut on June 14, 1969, at the age of 24, going to bat twice against the Atlanta Braves.
Jeter went on to appear in 28 games for the Pirates in 1969, getting 29 at-bats, while hitting a .310 with a home run and 6 runs batted in.
In 1970, Jeter's final season with the Pirates, he hit .238 in 126 at-bats, before being traded to the San Diego Padres, where he played two seasons, including 1972, when he saw the most extensive playing time of his career, hitting a .221 with 7 homers in a career-high 347 at-bats.
Traded to the Chicago White Sox prior to the 1973 campaign, Jeter hit a .240 in 313 at-bats, before ending his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1974, hitting a .353 in only 17 at-bats.
In parts of 6 seasons in Major League Baseball, Jeter appeared in 336 games, hitting a .244, to go along with 18 home runs, 69 runs batted in, and 28 stolen bases.