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Darrell Johnson
Catcher
Born: August 25, 1928(1928-08-25)
Horace, Nebraska
Died: May 3, 2004 (aged 75)
Fairfield, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 20, 1952 for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
June 6, 1962 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .234
Home runs     2
Runs batted in     28
Teams

As player

As manager

Darrell Dean Johnson (August 25, 1928 - May 3, 2004) was an American Major League Baseball catcher, coach, manager and scout.

Biography

Johnson was born in Horace, Nebraska, and made his major league debut on April 20, 1952. Johnson, a catcher, played in six major league seasons between 1952 and 1962. He was listed as ft 6 in (1.85 m), 180 lb (82 kg), bats right, throws right.

Johnson graduated from Ord, Nebraska, High School in 1944. He was signed by the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent in 1949, and played for the Browns, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, who released him on June 12, 1962, ending his playing career. Johnson finished with a career batting average of .234. He appeared in the 1961 World Series for the Reds against the Yankees and had two singles in four at-bats.

Johnson had more success as a manager, leading three different teams during eight seasons. His biggest success was as manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1974 through 1976, when he compiled a record of 220-188 for a .539 percentage. He guided the Red Sox to a 95-65 .594 mark in 1975 and a first-place finish in the AL East. The Sox swept the Oakland A's in the playoffs, 3-0, then lost to the Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine" in the thrilling World Series, four games to three. But when the Sox slumped the following season, Johnson was fired by the middle of July.

Johnson served as the original manager of the Seattle Mariners from 1977 to 1980, and also managed the Texas Rangers in 1982. He finished with a record of 472-590 for a .444 career percentage as a manager. He was a successful minor league manager in the 1960s and early 1970s with the Elmira Pioneers, Rochester Red Wings and Louisville Colonels. He became the first manager of the AAA version of the Pawtucket Red Sox, finishing 78-68—and winning the Governor's Cup, emblematic of the IL's playoff championship—in his only PawSox season in 1973.

Johnson coached for the Cardinals (1960-61) before resuming his playing career, and also was a coach for the Orioles (1962), Red Sox (1968-69) and Rangers (1981-82). He also was the Rangers' field coordinator of minor league instruction and a scout for the Yankees and Red Sox. Late in his career, he spent many years as a field coordinator of instruction and scout for the New York Mets. He died from leukemia in Fairfield, California, at the age of 75.

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Preceded by
Sal Maglie
Boston Red Sox Pitching Coach
1968-1969
Succeeded by
Charlie Wagner
Preceded by
First AAA Manager
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
1973
Succeeded by
Joe Morgan
Preceded by
Eddie Popowski
Boston Red Sox manager
1974–1976
Succeeded by
Don Zimmer
Preceded by
First Manager
Seattle Mariners Manager
1977-1980
Succeeded by
Maury Wills
Preceded by
Don Zimmer
Texas Rangers Manager
1982
Succeeded by
Doug Rader

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