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Johnny Joe Lewis

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[edit] Biographical Information

Johnny Lewis was the player who appeared the most in right field on the New York Mets in 1965, and also the player who appeared the most in center field for the team. In addition, he played three other years in the majors.

Lewis hit .245 in 1965, on a team whose overall batting average was .221. His 15 homers were tied for third-best on the team. Lewis is remembered for hitting a home run in the 11th inning of a game on June 14th to beat Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds, who had pitched ten no-hit innings until then.

Lewis had broken in on the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964, a team which won the 1964 World Series. He was a year younger than fellow outfielder Lou Brock. Lewis did not appear in the Series.

He slugged over .500 several times in the minors.

After his playing career ended, he was a scout (1970-1972), coach and manager at various levels in the Cardinals organization from 1970 to 1998, including coaching the big league Cardinals from 1973 to 1976 and again from 1985 to 1989.

In 1999-2001, Lewis was the Houston Astros minor league hitting coordinator. After the 2001 season, he was named roving hitting instructor by the Astros.

[edit] Notable Achievements

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1977 Calgary Cardinals Pioneer League 34-36 4th St. Louis Cardinals none
1978 Calgary Cardinals Pioneer League 37-32 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1979 Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League 65-74 5th St. Louis Cardinals

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