Johnson spent six seasons in the major leagues as a reserve catcher with seven different
teams, developing the patience and perspective needed to manage. After success in
the Red Sox farm system, he was named Boston manager in 1974. The following season
the Sox won the pennant and took the WS to seven games before losing. Fired in July
1976, Johnson became manager of the expansion Mariners in 1977 and piloted them through
their first three and a half seasons.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 14, 1953:
White Sox hurlers Billy Pierce and Sandy Consuegra throw shutouts at the Red Sox in a doubleheader, winning 6-0 and 10. Pierce's gem is a 2-hitter.
Chicago also picks up two players from the Browns, getting veterans 3B Bob Elliott and P Virgil Trucks for P Lou Kretlow, C Darrell Johnson, and $75,000. St. Louis had obtained Trucks only six months ago from Detroit.
»August 4, 1980: The Seattle Mariners fire manager Darrell Johnson and replace him with Maury Wills, who becomes the 3rd black manager in ML history. Seattle had lost nine games in a row and 20 of 24 since the All-Star break.
»July 28, 1982:
After a 3–2 loss to the Brewers, Rangers manager Don Zimmer is fired and replaced by Darrell Johnson. During the 1976 season, Zimmer had replaced Johnson as manager of the Boston Red Sox.