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Don Johnson

Donald Spore Johnson
Born: Dec. 7, 1911 in Chicago, Ill.
Died:  April 6, 2000 in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Debut: 1943 | Pos: 2B
H: 6'0" | W: 170 | B: R | T: R

6 511 1935 219 528 8 175 26 .273

>> Visit the Don Johnson biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Don Johnson, who played for the Cubs in the 1945 World Series, died on April 6, 2000 in Laguna Beach, Calif.

He is the son of former major league shortstop Ernie Johnson and he spent parts of 6 seasons in the major leagues -- all with the Cubs.

He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 1943, playing in 10 games.  His most productive seasons came in 1944 when he was named to the All-Star team.

In his career, he played in 495 games at second base and 8 at third base. His career fielding percentage is .965.  His low point on defense was the 1944 season when he committed 47 errors in 154 games at second base.

In 1945, he led the NL with 22 sacrifice hits. He also had 5 hits in 29 at-bats in the World Series. One of those hits was a triple.

Johnson played in 10 seasons in the minor leagues before making his debut with the Cubs. In 1943, he hit .283 with Milwaukee of the American Association, hitting 6 home runs and driving in 71 runs.

Sources: Total Baseball, Who's Who in Baseball 1945