John Robert Tillman (March 24, 1937 – June 23, 2000) was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox (1962–67), New York Yankees (1967), and Atlanta Braves (1968–70). He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 205 pounds (93 kg).
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Tillman attended Middle Tennessee State University and Georgia Tech. He helped the Red Sox win the 1967 American League pennant and the Braves win the 1969 National League Western Division. Tillman was also involved in a notable trade after the 1967 season when he was shipped from the Yankees to the Braves for third baseman Bobby Cox. Cox would eventually begin his managing career in the New York farm system.
He caught two no-hitters during his Red Sox days (Earl Wilson in 1962, and Dave Morehead in 1965 ).
In nine seasons he played in 775 games and had 2,329 at-bats, 189 runs, 540 hits, 68 doubles, 10 triples, 79 home runs, 282 RBI, 1 stolen base, 228 walks, a .232 batting average, a .300 on-base percentage, a .371 slugging percentage, 865 total bases, 9 sacrifice hits, 14 sacrifice flies, and 33 intentional walks.
He died in Gallatin, Tennessee at the age of 63.
By Dean Hanley
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