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Billy Johnson
Third baseman
Born: August 30, 1918(1918-08-30)
Montclair, New Jersey
Died: June 20, 2006 (aged 87)
Augusta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 22, 1943 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 1953 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average     .271
Home runs     61
Runs batted in     487
Career highlights and awards

William Russell Johnson was a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Yankees in the 1940s and later with the St. Louis Cardinals. Johnson was born in Montclair, New Jersey on August 30, 1918.

He debuted in 1943. He had an impressive rookie season which earned him 4th place in American League MVP voting. After missing two years for wartime service, he returned to spend the next five seasons as a regular third baseman. Johnson was named an All-Star in 1947, and was a part of four championship teams in his six seasons as a regular. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1951 to allow Gil McDougald, a hot prospect for the Yankees, to play his position full time. He served as the Cards' third baseman for two years before retiring during the 1953 season.

Johnson shares two significant coincidences with other major leaguers:

In later years he worked as a shipping supervisor in Augusta, Georgia. He died on June 20, 2006.

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