Johnny Van Cuyk
John Henry Van Cuyk
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Kimberly High School
- Debut September 18, 1947
- Final Game May 9, 1949
- Born July 7, 1921 in Little Chute, WI USA
- Died July 10, 2010 in Rochester, MN USA
"Everything. There is nothing I don't love about baseball. That never gets out of your blood." - the 83-year-old John Van Cuyk, when asked what he loved most about baseball
He was signed to play with the Appleton Papermakers in 1939 but didn't get into any games; the scout was Tom Downey. He then pitched with Appleton in 1940 and 1941. He was serving in the infantry and military police from 1941 to 1945.
After baseball he worked in sales of real estate and cars.
He is mentioned in a joke in the book The Funniest People in Sports and Neighborhoods: 500 Anecdotes. Umpire Tom Gorman once got mad at the Dodgers for riding him, and yelled that Van Cuyk was out (Van Cuyk had pitched the night before, so he would not be in the game that day anyway). Manager Chuck Dressen supposedly said "you'll have to yell a little louder because I sent him to the Texas League last night." Since Van Cuyk was apparently with Montreal in 1947-1949, it seems like the story's accuracy is questionable, unless, of course, Dressen's wise crack was part of the gag. Johnny only had played in the Texas League in 1946, prior to his big league debut.
He is the brother of Chris Van Cuyk.