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    Sep 10, 1974 - Former batting champion Alex Johnson‚ purchased by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers yesterday‚ arrives in Boston during the Red Sox-Yankee game. With the score tied 1-1 in the 12th‚ Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for New York 2-1.

    Aug 23, 1972 - Chicago's Dick Allen becomes the 4th ML player (Jimmie Foxx‚ Hank Greenberg‚ and Alex Johnson are the others) to hit one into the CF bleachers in Comiskey Park when he connects off New York's Lindy McDaniel. The 2-run homer in the 7th ices the 5-2 win for the Sox. In 1972‚ all the Chicago Wednesday games are in the afternoon‚ and Harry Caray announces them while sitting in the CF bleachers. Allen's drive misses Caray by just a few rows.

    Oct 5, 1971 - The Angels trade moody OF Alex Johnson and C Gerry Moses to the Indians for outfielders Vada Pinson and Frank Baker‚ and P Alan Foster.

    Sep 28, 1971 - Arbitrator Lewis Gill rules that Alex Johnson was "emotionally incapacitated" during events leading to his June suspension‚ and that he should be treated the same as a physically disabled player. Johnson wins nearly $30‚000 in back salary from the Angels.

    Jun 26, 1971 - Last year's AL batting king Alex Johnson is suspended by the Angels following a series of incidents (including 5 benchings and 29 fines) resulting from his failure to hustle.

    Jun 13, 1971 - Chico Ruiz allegedly pulls a gun on Angels teammate Alex Johnson in a clubhouse incident. There are no witnesses to the episode‚ which Ruiz denies‚ and it is one of a series of problems involving Johnson in 1971. Both players are hitless pinch hitters in the 5-2 loss to Washington.

    Oct 1, 1970 - The Angels Alex Johnson grounds out and then hits 2 singles to edge Boston's Carl Yastrzemski for the AL batting title‚ .3290 to .3286. Johnson leaves the game after his 2nd hit as the Angels go 13 innings to top the White Sox‚ 5-4. Yastrzemski goes 12-for-20 over his last 6 games. The Red Sox ended their season September 30th.

    Sep 9, 1970 - California's Alex Johnson becomes the 3rd player in history to put one into the CF bleachers at Comiskey when he connects in the 6th against Chicago's Billy Wynne in a 2-1 loss in 8 innings. The Sox also win the opener‚ 11-4‚ to break their 8 game losing streak. Bill Melton leads to 5-homer offense with a pair and 5 RBIs.

    Nov 25, 1969 - The Reds trade Alex Johnson and Chico Ruiz to the California Angels for Ps Pedro BorbonJim McGlothin and Vern Geishert. The talented but troubled Johnson‚ who hit over .300 in his 2 seasons with the Reds‚ will win the AL batting title in 1970. Borbon and McGlothin will be valuable additions to the big Red Machine.

    Jul 14, 1968 - Houston's Don Wilson fans 18 batters in a 6-1 win at Cincinnati‚ tying the ML record set by Bob Feller. Wilson (6-11) fans Johnny Bench to end the game. He also ties the ML record with 8 strikeouts in a row‚ striking out the side in the first three innings. A one-out walk to Alex Johnson in the 1st is the only interruption. Wilson also fans the side in the 5th. The Astros win the opener‚ 5-4.

    Jan 11, 1968 - The Cardinals trade OF Alex Johnson to the Reds for OF Dick Simpson.

    Oct 27, 1965 - C Bob Uecker‚ 1B Bill White‚ and SS Dick Groat are traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia for P Art Mahaffey‚ OF Alex Johnson‚ and C Pat Corrales.

    Sep 27, 1965 - A week after sending veteran Ken Boyer to the Mets‚ St. Louis trades SS Dick Groat‚ 1B Bill White and C Bob Uecker to the Phillies for P Art Mahaffey‚ OF Alex Johnson and C Pat Corrales.

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