Johnny Gee

Inducted in 1998

  • Born December 7, 1915 in Syracuse, and attended Central High School
  • 1933-1937: Plays baseball for the University of Michigan
  • 1937-1939: Pitches for Syracuse Chiefs, recorded 17 wins in 1938: He ranks seventh All-Time in both career wins with 41 and ERA 2.90
  • In 1939: Johnny was one of very few ever to win 20 games in a single AAA season.
  • July 31, 1939: The Pirates buy baseball's tallest player, 6'9" P Johnny Gee from Syracuse (IL). Two wins and four loses with Pittsburgh .
  • 1939-1943: Also pitches for teams in Albany, Portland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Atlanta.
  • 1944 -1946: Plays for the New York Giants. Won seven and lost twelve.
  • Until 6'10" hurlers Randy Johnson and Eric Hillman made their debuts in the late 1980s, the 6'9" Gee was the tallest man ever to play major-league baseball. Despite his size, Gee never posted a winning record in his brief big-league career.
  • He also played professional basketball with the Syracuse Nationals.
  • 1945-1960: Principle and coach at Waterloo High School
  • 1960-1977: Principal at Cortland High School
  • 1980-1985: Code Enforcement officer for City of Cortland
  • Died: January 23.1988 in Cortland, New York
  • 2001: Inducted into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame