John Emery Strohmayer (born October 13, 1946 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1968, and made his Major League debut in 1970 for the Montreal Expos. He played with them until the July 1973, when he was claimed by the New York Mets off waivers. He played with them until 1974.
He had a career 11-9 win-loss record with a 4.47 Earned Run Average and 200 strikeouts.
In 1999 Strohmayer was inducted to the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance with the Pacific Tigers there.
After retiring from baseball due to a shoulder injury, John Strohmayer went back to school and obtained a degree in education. He taught at Central Valley High School in the Gateway Unified School District, in Redding, California, from 1976 to 1991, then he became assistant principal for 6 years and then was principal of the High School for 4 years. Central Valley High School is the same high school which he graduated from before starting his baseball career. In 2002 he became Superintendent of the Gateway Unified School District. He retired in 2009 after 32 years in education.
He was one of 15 employees of the Gateway Unified School District to share in a $76 million lottery jackpot in 2009.
By Dean Hanley
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