Don Johnson (second baseman)

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Don Johnson
Second baseman
Born: (1911-12-07)December 7, 1911
Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 6, 2000(2000-04-06) (aged 88)
Laguna Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 1943 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 16, 1948 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
AVG .273
Hits 528
RBI 175
Career highlights and awards
  • All star in 1944 and 1945

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.

Career totals for 511 games include 528 hits, 8 home runs, 175 runs batted in, 219 runs scored, a .273 batting average, and an on-base percentage of .315.

His father was former major league shortstop Ernie Johnson.


  • Johnson led the National League with 22 sacrifice hits in 1945.
  • His nickname was "Pep."

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