World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Deron Johnson

Article Id: WHEBN0002727322
Reproduction Date:

Title: Deron Johnson  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Adrian Harpham (musician), Cincinnati Reds award winners and league leaders, National League RBI champions, 1965 Major League Baseball season, 1965 in baseball
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Deron Johnson

Deron Johnson
First baseman / Third baseman / Left fielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1938-07-17)July 17, 1938
San Diego, California
Died: April 23, 1992(1992-04-23) (aged 53)
Poway, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1960, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 28, 1976, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .244
Home runs 245
Runs batted in 923
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Deron Roger Johnson (July 17, 1938 – April 23, 1992) was an American professional baseball player. Born in San Diego, California, he played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball as an infielder, outfielder, and designated hitter for the New York Yankees, Kansas City & Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers during his 15-year major league career.

He later served as a coach for 13 seasons with the California Angels (1979–80; 1989–92), New York Mets (1981), Philadelphia Phillies (1982–84), Seattle Mariners (1985–86), and Chicago White Sox (1987). Johnson was serving as a coach with California when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which claimed his life on April 23, 1992, at the age of 53.

Contents

  • Playing career 1
  • Personal life & legacy 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Deron Johnson first appeared in a major league game on September 20, 1960. The 22-year-old was called upon to pinch hit in the ninth inning of a 1-1 tie between New York and Washington, facing Senators southpaw Hal Woodeshick. Mickey Mantle flied out to right and Bill Skowron doubled. Johnson advanced Skowron to third with a flyout to center. The Yankees won 2-1 in the 11th. He got his first two career hits on October 2, 1960 in the Yankees' last game of the regular season, an 8-7 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Johnson batted twice in the game—the first resulted in a fifth-inning double off Red Sox pitcher Jerry Casale, and in the seventh he singled off Arnold Earley.[1]

Johnson's contract was purchased from Kansas City by the Cincinnati Reds on April 5, 1963. Playing for Triple-A San Diego, he topped the Pacific Coast League with 33 home runs, tied for fifth with 91 RBI, and was picked as first baseman on the PCL All-Star team. 1964 was his first full season in the major leagues with the Reds where he posted a .273 average with 21 home runs and 79 runs batted in.

The 1965 season with the Cincinnati Reds was one of his best during his career. Along with Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Vada Pinson, Tony Pérez and Leo Cárdenas. Johnson at age 26 hit .287, blasted 32 home runs, and drove in a National League leading 130 runs. Rose was quoted in 1983, "I had never seen anyone hit the ball harder than Deron Johnson."

While playing for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971 Johnson clubbed 34 homers and drove in over 90 runs. Johnson hit .300 in the 1973 World Series while playing with the Oakland A's. He opened 1974 with the A's, but on June 24, 1974, he was released on waivers to the Milwaukee Brewers. On September 7, Johnson was sold to the Boston Red Sox, who were in the middle of a pennant fight they ultimately lost. The following April he signed with the White Sox.

In 148 games for the White Sox, Johnson hit 18 home runs, and drove in 72 RBI. On September 21, after Jim Rice had been injured earlier in the day, the Red Sox once again needed supplemental power and reacquired Johnson. Johnson's last home run of his career came on September 27, 1975 off of Indians pitcher Rick Waits at Fenway Park.

Personal life & legacy

Johnson was a baseball and football star at San Diego High School. He was offered numerous college football scholarships but opted to sign with the Yankees. In 1979, Johnson was inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes. From 1958 to 1959 for six months he served in the U.S. Army under the Reserve Training Program, the first of several military stints during his baseball career.[2]

After retiring as a Major League player, along with coaching in the majors, he owned a construction company in San Diego and operated a 40-acre cattle ranch.[3][4] When he died of cancer in 1992 he was survived by his wife Lucy Ann, sons Deron Jr. and Dominick and daughter Dena.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA196010020.shtml
  2. ^ http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/438a5a83
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/25/obituaries/deron-johnson-baseball-player-53.html
  4. ^ http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/438a5a83
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/25/obituaries/deron-johnson-baseball-player-53.html

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Retrosheet
  • SABR BioProject
  • Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.