RHP 1947, 50-52, 54-55, 58 Yankees, Browns, Senators , White Sox, Orioles, Giants
Johnson contributed a 4-3 mark to the Yankees' 1947 pennant winners but was not used
in the WS. Bouncing between the majors and minors for the next decade, he had his
best season with the 1954 White Sox, going 8-7 with a 3.13 ERA.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» April 18, 1950:
At Fenway, Happy Chandler gives Ted Williams his MVP Award, and then Governor Paul Dever tosses out the first ball. To the delight of 31,822 fans, Boston rips starter Allie Reynolds with a five-run 4th inning to drive the Chief from the game and take a 9–0 over the Yankees. But the Yanks score four in the 6th off Mel Parnell and then, down 10–4, New York unloads for nine runs in the 8th. 2B Billy Martin (2-for-2) becomes the first player in history to get two base hits in one inning in his first ML game. He doubles against Mel Parnell on his first at bat in the 8th inning, and singles off Al Papai. Walt Masterson gives up Tommy Henrich's 2nd triple of the game before giving way to four more Sox hurlers. Boo Ferriss, pitching in his last game, allows the last two runs in the 9th inning as the Yanks chalk up a 15–10 win, the biggest blown lead the Sox have ever had at Fenway (June 4, 1989, they'll blow a 10-run lad at home). DiMaggio, Berra, Vern Stephens, and Doerr each have three hits. Don Johnson is the winner, his last one for New York, with Joe Page pitching a perfect 8th and 9th in relief. |
» June 15, 1950:
The Yankees, frustrated in late April in their aborted trade for Joe Ostrowski with the Browns, finally get the pitcher, along with pitchers Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht, and 3B Leo Thomas. New York sends infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss, OF Jim Delsing, pitchers Duane Pillette and Don Johnson, and $50,000. Both Ferrick and Ostrowski will prove their worth in the 1950 pennant drive. Tomorrow, the Yanks beat the Browns, 7–5, with Ferrick and Ostrowski starring in relief.
» December 6, 1954:
The Orioles conclude their 2nd large trade in three weeks sending C Clint Courtney, SS Jim Brideweser, and P Bob Chakales to the White Sox for C Matt Batts, infielder Fred Marsh, and pitchers Don Johnson and Don Ferrarese. Courtney batted .270 in 397 at bats, and struck out an American League-low seven times, the league's lowest since Joe Sewell hung up his spikes in 1933.