Don Johnson (second baseman)
December 7, 1911|
|Died: April 6, 2000
Laguna Beach, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 26, 1943 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 16, 1948 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Career highlights and awards|
Donald Spore Johnson (December 7, 1911 – April 6, 2000), nicknamed "Pep," was a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Chicago Cubs from 1943 to 1948. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he attended Oregon State University before beginning his professional baseball career.
Johnson's best seasons were during World War II. In 1944, a season in which he had a career-high 71 runs batted in, he was selected for the All-Star Game. In 1945 he was an important part of the last Cubs team to win a pennant, hitting a career-high .302 and scoring 94 runs, tenth in the league. He was also selected for the unofficial “All-Star Game” that was organized by the Associated Press after the official game was canceled.
- Johnson led the National League with 22 sacrifice hits in 1945.
- His nickname was "Pep."
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