49 Facts About Davey Johnson


David Allen Johnson was born on January 30,1943 and is an American former professional baseball player and manager.

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Davey Johnson played as a second baseman from 1965 through 1978, most notably as a member of the Baltimore Orioles dynasty that won four American League pennants and two World Series championships between 1966 and 1971.

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Davey Johnson played in Major League Baseball from 1965 to 1975, then played for two seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball league before returning to play in Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs from 1977 to 1978.

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Davey Johnson led the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series title, and to an additional National League East title in 1988.

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Davey Johnson won the American League's Manager of the Year Award in 1997 when he led the Baltimore Orioles wire-to-wire to the American League East division championship.

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Davey Johnson won the same award in the National League in 2012 when he led the Washington Nationals to the franchise's first division title since moving to Washington, DC, and their first overall since 1981.

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Davey Johnson was then assigned to the Stockton Ports in the Class C California League where he hit.

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In 1965, Davey Johnson made the Orioles out of spring training, but after hitting only.

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Back with the Orioles in 1966, Davey Johnson saw limited playing time until the Orioles created space in the lineup for him by trading second baseman Jerry Adair to the Chicago White Sox on June 13.

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Davey Johnson was a full-time starter in the major leagues for the next eight seasons, averaging over 142 games played in a season.

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Davey Johnson reached the World Series with the Orioles in 1966,1969,1970, and 1971, winning World Series rings in 1966 and 1970.

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Davey Johnson won the AL Gold Glove Award the final three seasons.

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Upset after being replaced as the starting second baseman by Bobby Grich, and with the Orioles in need of a power-hitting catcher, Davey Johnson was traded along with Pat Dobson, Johnny Oates and Roric Harrison to the Atlanta Braves for Earl Williams and Taylor Duncan on the last day of the Winter Meetings on December 1,1972.

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The following season with the Braves, Davey Johnson hit 40 home runs for the first time, tying Rogers Hornsby's record for most single-season home runs by a second baseman with 42, and hitting a 43rd as a pinch-hitter.

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Davey Johnson's record stood for 48 years until Marcus Semien hit 45 home runs in 2021.

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Davey Johnson then signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, with whom he played in both the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

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Davey Johnson was the Giants' first foreign player of note in more than 15 years, and faced a lot of pressure to perform in Japan.

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Davey Johnson struggled in his first season, battling injuries, and incurred the wrath of the Giants' manager Shigeo Nagashima.

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In 1977, Davey Johnson returned to the United States, signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Davey Johnson took over the Mets in 1984, a team that had not won a pennant since 1973.

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Davey Johnson became the first National League manager to win at least 90 games in each of his first five seasons.

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Davey Johnson had a bitter feud with general manager Frank Cashen.

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Davey Johnson finished with a record of 595 wins and 417 losses in the regular season and 11 wins and nine losses in the post-season.

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Davey Johnson remains the winningest manager in Mets history and was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame with Frank Cashen, Darryl Strawberry, and Dwight Gooden on August 1,2010.

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Davey Johnson led the team to the National League Central lead at the time of the 1994 players' strike and won the first official NL Central title in 1995.

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Davey Johnson finished with a record of 204 wins and 172 losses in the regular season and three wins and four losses in the post-season.

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In 1996, Davey Johnson returned to Baltimore as the Orioles' manager on a three-year, $2.

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Davey Johnson had doubts over whether he would return for the final year of his contract, and a spirited 90-minute phone call between Davey Johnson and Angelos a week later was the last time they spoke to each other.

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Davey Johnson had interviewed with the Toronto Blue Jays after the 1997 season but wasn't hired.

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Davey Johnson suffered the only full losing season of his managerial career, finishing in third place eight games under.

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Davey Johnson finished with a record of 163 wins and 161 losses despite having high-priced talent, such as Kevin Brown and Gary Sheffield by general manager Kevin Malone.

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Davey Johnson briefly managed the Netherlands national team in 2003 during the absence of Robert Eenhoorn, then served as a bench coach under Eenhoorn at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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Davey Johnson had a ruptured appendix that had to have multiple stomach surgeries after it had gone undiagnosed.

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Davey Johnson then became manager of Team USA, where he managed the United States team to a seventh-place finish out of an 18-team field in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, held in The Netherlands.

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Davey Johnson served as bench coach for Team USA during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, managed Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and managed Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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In 2009, Davey Johnson was the head coach for the Florida Collegiate Summer League, DeLand Suns, and returned as the head coach for the 2010 Sanford River Rats season.

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Davey Johnson was named a senior advisor to current GM Mike Rizzo after the 2009 campaign.

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Davey Johnson became the Nationals manager on June 26,2011, after the unexpected resignation of Jim Riggleman three days earlier.

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On October 1,2012, Davey Johnson led the Nationals to the franchise's first division title since 1981, eventually achieving a franchise-record 98 wins—the most wins in baseball that year, headlined by rising stars in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, and Bryce Harper.

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On November 10, Davey Johnson signed a contract to return as manager of the Nationals for the 2013 season.

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Davey Johnson noted in his autobiography that just before being awarded the Manager of the Year award, he was offered to sign a document by owner Mark Lerner and GM Mike Rizzo to retire after the 2013 season, as opposed to simply not renewing the contract.

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At any rate, Davey Johnson called the season a "World Series or bust" year, which came to backfire on him.

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Davey Johnson had the club record for wins until Dave Martinez passed him in 2021.

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Davey Johnson is tenth all time in winning percentage for managers with 1,000 wins.

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Davey Johnson graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas.

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Davey Johnson is known for taking a statistical approach to baseball that started with his playing career, where he earned the nickname "Dum Dum" for attempts at telling his pitching teammates to throw for the middle of the plate instead of the corner; he made computer printouts to present to manager Earl Weaver to supposedly optimize the lineup, although they weren't used.

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Davey Johnson met his future wife, Susan, in 1993 while she was organizing a golf tournament for her deaf-blind son Jake and his learning center.

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Davey Johnson's daughter, Andrea, was a nationally ranked amateur surfer in the late 1980s.

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In 2021, Davey Johnson was treated in hospital after contracting COVID-19, but recovered.

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