Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Johnny Gillespie ’20
Gillespie was the California State Player of the Year at Tech High in 1917. As Captain of Tech’s team in 1919, Gillespie led the team to win the A.C.A.L championship for the 5th consecutive year. In 21 games as a major league pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, primarily as a reliever, “Silent John” had a record of 3-3 with a 4.52 ERA. He died in Vallejo in 1954 at the age of 53.