Don Johnson (second baseman)

Don Johnson (second baseman)

Don Johnson
Second baseman
Born: (1911-12-07)December 7, 1911
Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 6, 2000(2000-04-06) (aged 88)
Laguna Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 1943, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 16, 1948, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
AVG .273
Hits 528
RBI 175
Career highlights and awards
  • All star in 1944 and 1945

Donald Spore Johnson (December 7, 1911 – April 6, 2000), nicknamed "Pep," was a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Chicago Cubs from 1943 to 1948. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he attended Oregon State University before beginning his professional baseball career.

Johnson's best seasons were during Associated Press after the official game was canceled.

To date, Johnson is the last Cub to come to bat in a World Series game. He grounded into a force out to end the 1945 World Series defeat to the Detroit Tigers.

Career totals for 511 games include 528 hits, 8 home runs, 175 runs batted in, 219 runs scored, a .273 batting average, and an on-base percentage of .315.

His father was former major league shortstop Ernie Johnson.


  • Johnson led the National League with 22 sacrifice hits in 1945.
  • His nickname was "Pep."

See also


  • Baseball Reference
  • Retrosheet