Steve Johnson will always be remembered for giving the bravest performance by a Bronco pitcher. On June 14th, while on a trip to Amarillo, Johnson received word that his father had passed away. Steve, who said his father worked hard so he could play baseball and took pride in Steve's career, asked to pitch that night against Amarillo.
And pitch, he did. Eight innings, two earned runs-one earned, seven strikeouts an only two walks in a 12-2 victory. Johnson dedicated the game in his father's memory.
When Amarillo fans read about the story in the newspaper the next day, they were so taken by Johnson's performance that they got a sympathy card and hundreds of fans signed it.
Steve Johnson worked 128 innings in his two seasons (1990-91). He compiled a 3.23 ERA with 109 strikeouts and just 36 walks. Opposing batters managed only a .234 batting average against him. Johnson won 14, lost 3 and saved 2 in his career with the Broncos. His nine victories in 1991 rank him in a tie for second in single-season wins. His 1991 ERA of 1.32 in regular season and 1.89 overall ranks him second and fourth, respectively, on the all-time list.