Spud Johnson

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Spud Johnson
Spud Johnson.jpg
Born: December 1856
Died: unknown
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1889, for the Columbus Solons
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 1891, for the Cleveland Spiders
MLB statistics
Batting average.302
Home runs4
Runs batted in238
Career highlights and awards

James Ralph "Spud" Johnson (December 1856 – unknown) was a 19th-century Major League Baseball player for three seasons, two for the Columbus Solons of the American Association and one season for the Cleveland Spiders of the National League.[1] Johnson played mainly in the outfield during his career, but did spend some time at third base in his rookie season of 1889.[1]


Johnson was signed by the Solons on January 15, 1889, when after the 1888 season the Kansas City team of the Western Association folded and was sold to the Kansas City team of the American Association. A dispute quickly surfaced between the two teams about Johnson and his rights. On March 19, Columbus settled the dispute by paying Kansas City $500.[2] His best season came in 1890 when he led the Association in runs batted in with 113, while finishing in the top five in most offensive categories including his .346 batting average, 18 triples, and 186 hits.[3]

Nothing much is known of his whereabouts after he left organized baseball.

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  1. ^ a b "Spud Johnson's stats". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  2. ^ "1889 Chronology". baseballlibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  3. ^ "Spud Johnson's stats". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-01-04.

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