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Lance Johnson

Lance Johnson
Center fielder
Born: (1963-07-06) July 6, 1963
Cincinnati, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 10, 1987, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 2000, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average .291
Home runs 34
Runs batted in 486
Stolen bases 327
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Lance Johnson (born July 6, 1963) is a retired Major League Baseball center fielder.

Johnson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Princeton High School, he completed his education at the University of South Alabama. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in 6th round of the 1984 amateur draft. In 1986, he led the Class AA Arkansas Travelers with 82 runs, 129 hits, 6 triples, and a league-leading 49 stolen bases.[1] At the age of 24, Johnson broke into the big leagues on July 10, 1987, In 1987 Johnson, playing for the Louisville Redbirds, was the American Association Most Valuable Player. From 1988-95 Johnson played for the Chicago White Sox.

From 1991 through 1994, Johnson led the American League in triples, becoming the first player in Major League history to lead his league in triples for four consecutive years. In 1996, he led the National League in triples, becoming the third player in history to lead both leagues in triples (Sam Crawford and Brett Butler being the first two).

As of 2013, he is one of only four players (Crawford, Stan Musial, and Willie Wilson) to lead the league in triples as many as five times. He is also one of a handful of players to collect three triples in one game, doing so on September 23, 1995 in the White Sox' 14-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The three triples were part of a 6-for-6 performance for Johnson, who became the first White Sox to collect six hits in one game since Floyd Robinson in 1962.

His finest season came in 1996 with the New York Mets. That year, he accumulated 227 hits, 21 triples (the highest single season total in that category since 1985), 50 steals, 31 doubles (the only season in which he accumulated at least 20), 69 Runs Batted In, 117 runs scored, and a .333 batting average, all career highs. This was Johnson's only season in which he was selected for the All Star team.

After the Mets, he played with the Chicago Cubs from 1997-1999. He was slowed down by injuries during his years with the Cubs and in 2000, he finally ended his career after the New York Yankees sent him to the minor leagues in mid-season. The Yankees won the World Series that year and Johnson was given a World Series ring for his service to the team.

His speed on the base paths, and his uniform number "1", earned him the endearing nickname "One Dog". "One Dog" is also the name of the record company he had during his MLB career.

He now resides in Alabama with his wife.

Johnson is the only MLB player to lead the league in hits in both the American League (Chicago White Sox, 1995) and the National League (New York Mets, 1996).

See also

References

  1. ^ Jim Tommey and Kip Ingle, ed. (1987). St. Louis Cardinals 1987 Media Guide. St. Louis National Baseball Club. p. 103. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
Preceded by
Barry Larkin
American Association
Most Valuable Player

1987
Succeeded by
Luis de los Santos
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