Monday, October 26, 2009

#11 Lou Johnson

Signed index card

Louis Brown Johnson (Sweet Lou and Slick)
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" , Weight: 175 lb.
Born: September 22, 1934 in Lexington, KY

Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Angels for Jim McAnany on April 1, 1961

Entered game as a defensive replacement for Bob Cerv in left field, at Baltimore April 11, 1961.
Traded two days later by the Los Angeles Angels to Toronto (International) for Leon Wagner on April 13, 1961.
Reaquired through trade by the Cleveland Indians to the California Angels for Chuck Hinton April 4 1969.

1961, 1969
In 1 game in 1961 had 1 putout in left field, never batted.
In 1969 batted .203 with 5 stolen bases in 67 games.

Johnson was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1953. After kicking around in the minor leagues for a decade, Johnson finally made it into the major leagues for good in 1965 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, after a broken ankle in early May sidelined regular left fielder Tommy Davis for the remainder of the season. In that season he scored the only run in Sandy Koufax's perfect game when he walked, went to second base on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on a throwing error by Chicago Cubs catcher Chris Krug. In the 1965 World Series, Johnson hit two home runs, including the game winner in the clinching Game Seven. In an eight-season career, Johnson posted a .258 average with 48 home runs and 232 RBI in 677 games.


  1. Tom, does Sweet Lou still live in Lexington, KY?

  2. Not sure Lee. I got this through a trade. SCN has a CA address but not a recent success at it.