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Lou Johnson

Louis Brown Johnson (Sweet Lou or Slick)

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: September 22, 1934 in Lexington, KY
School: Kentucky State University (Frankfort, KY)
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1953. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1960 (Age 25.208)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1962 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Cubs/Angels/Indians/Braves 1960-1969

Final Game: September 6, 1969 (Age 34.349)
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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1960 25 CHC NL 34 75 68 6 14 2 1 0 1 3 1 5 19 .206 .270 .265 .535 49 18 2 1 1 0 1 9/78
1961 26 LAA AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /7
1962 27 MLN NL 61 129 117 22 33 4 5 2 13 6 1 11 27 .282 .349 .453 .802 117 53 1 1 0 0 0 78/9
1965 30 LAD NL 131 518 468 57 121 24 1 12 58 15 6 24 81 .259 .315 .391 .706 104 183 7 16 7 3 8 *78/9 MVP-24
1966 31 LAD NL 152 572 526 71 143 20 2 17 73 8 10 21 75 .272 .316 .414 .731 109 218 16 14 9 2 4 *79/8
1967 32 LAD NL 104 371 330 39 89 14 1 11 41 4 3 24 52 .270 .330 .418 .748 122 138 9 7 7 3 5 79/8
1968 33 TOT MLB 127 438 407 39 102 25 4 6 37 9 2 15 47 .251 .294 .376 .669 99 153 10 11 2 3 4 *97
1968 33 CHC NL 62 220 205 14 50 14 3 1 14 3 1 6 23 .244 .289 .356 .645 88 73 6 7 2 0 2 9/7
1968 33 CLE AL 65 218 202 25 52 11 1 5 23 6 1 9 24 .257 .298 .396 .694 110 80 4 4 0 3 2 79
1969 34 CAL AL 67 148 133 10 27 8 0 0 9 5 1 10 19 .203 .272 .263 .535 55 35 2 3 1 1 1 79
8 Yrs 677 2251 2049 244 529 97 14 48 232 50 24 110 320 .258 .311 .389 .701 103 798 47 53 27 12 23
162 Game Avg. 162 539 490 58 127 23 3 11 56 12 6 26 77 .258 .311 .389 .701 103 191 11 13 6 3 6
LAD (3 yrs) 387 1461 1324 167 353 58 4 40 172 27 19 69 208 .267 .319 .407 .726 110 539 32 37 23 8 17
CAL (2 yrs) 68 148 133 10 27 8 0 0 9 5 1 10 19 .203 .272 .263 .535 55 35 2 3 1 1 1
CHC (2 yrs) 96 295 273 20 64 16 4 1 15 6 2 11 42 .234 .284 .333 .618 78 91 8 8 3 0 3
MLN (1 yr) 61 129 117 22 33 4 5 2 13 6 1 11 27 .282 .349 .453 .802 117 53 1 1 0 0 0
CLE (1 yr) 65 218 202 25 52 11 1 5 23 6 1 9 24 .257 .298 .396 .694 110 80 4 4 0 3 2
NL (6 yrs) 544 1885 1714 209 450 78 13 43 200 39 22 91 277 .263 .316 .398 .714 106 683 41 46 26 8 20
AL (3 yrs) 133 366 335 35 79 19 1 5 32 11 2 19 43 .236 .288 .343 .631 87 115 6 7 1 4 3

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1960 25 CHC NL 34 75 -5 0 0 2 -1 -3 -0.3 3 -0 -0.1 .490 .498 -0.3 0.1 -3 9/78
1961 26 LAA AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .531 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /7
1962 27 MLN NL 61 129 3 1 0 -0 -2 3 0.3 5 8 0.8 .505 .502 0.8 -0.2 8 78/9
1965 30 LAD NL 131 518 5 1 1 4 -7 4 0.3 20 23 2.3 .503 .502 2.0 -0.4 20 *78/9 MVP-24
1966 31 LAD NL 152 572 8 -1 -0 3 -9 1 0.3 20 22 2.3 .501 .501 1.8 -0.5 18 *79/8
1967 32 LAD NL 104 371 9 1 -1 -1 -5 4 0.6 13 17 1.9 .504 .503 1.9 -0.5 18 79/8
1968 33 CHC NL 62 220 -1 -0 -1 -1 -2 -6 -0.7 8 1 0.1 .487 .495 0.1 -0.4 2 $26,000 9/7
1968 33 CLE AL 65 218 3 2 0 2 -3 4 0.4 7 12 1.2 .508 .503 1.0 -0.2 9 79
1969 34 CAL AL 67 148 -7 2 -0 -1 -2 -9 -1.0 5 -4 -0.5 .485 .494 -0.4 -0.3 -3 $26,000 79
8 Seasons 677 2251 15 5 -1 9 -30 -3 -0.2 81 78 8.1 .499 .500 6.9 -2.3 70 $52,000
LAD (3 yrs) 387 1461 22 1 -0 6 -20 8 1.2 53 62 6.6 .503 .502 5.7 -1.4 56
CAL (2 yrs) 68 148 -7 2 -0 -0 -2 -9 -1.0 5 -3 -0.5 .486 .494 -0.4 -0.3 -3 $26,000
CHC (2 yrs) 96 295 -6 -0 -1 1 -4 -10 -1.1 10 1 0.0 .488 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -0 $26,000
MLN (1 yr) 61 129 3 1 0 -0 -2 3 0.3 5 8 0.8 .505 .502 0.8 -0.2 8
CLE (1 yr) 65 218 3 2 0 2 -3 4 0.4 7 12 1.2 .508 .503 1.0 -0.2 9

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1965 ❍ 30 LAD NL WS MIN W 7 29 27 3 8 2 0 2 4 0 1 1 3 .296 .321 .593 .914 16 0 0 1 0 0
1966 31 LAD NL WS BAL L 4 16 15 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .267 .313 .333 .646 5 1 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 11 45 42 4 12 3 0 2 4 0 1 2 4 .286 .318 .500 .818 21 1 0 1 0 0
2 WS 11 45 42 4 12 3 0 2 4 0 1 2 4 .286 .318 .500 .818 21 1 0 1 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1960 CHC NL 25 OF 25 16 11 155.1 47 43 4 0 0 1.000 2 19 2.72 1.88 .978 2.20 2.20
1960 CHC NL 25 RF 13 10 6 94.0 27 25 2 0 0 1.000 1 9 2.59 2.08 .979 1.99 1.99
1960 CHC NL 25 LF 8 4 3 40.0 10 8 2 0 0 1.000 0 9 2.25 1.25 .974 1.98 1.99
1960 CHC NL 25 CF 4 2 2 21.1 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1 79 4.64 2.75 .981 2.62 2.60
1961 LAA AL 26 LF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 180 4.50 1.00 .970 1.80 2.00
1961 LAA AL 26 OF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 180 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1962 MLN NL 27 OF 55 22 15 269.0 62 61 1 0 1 1.000 -0 -0 2.07 1.13 .974 2.07 2.05
1962 MLN NL 27 LF 36 6 4 120.2 27 26 1 0 1 1.000 2 19 2.01 0.75 .968 1.81 1.80
1962 MLN NL 27 CF 22 16 11 147.1 34 34 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -15 2.08 1.55 .979 2.47 2.45
1962 MLN NL 27 RF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90
1965 LAD NL 30 OF 128 121 105 1096.0 205 199 3 3 2 .985 4 4 1.66 1.58 .975 2.00 2.00 MVP-24
1965 LAD NL 30 LF 122 110 99 1005.2 183 180 1 2 1 .989 5 6 1.62 1.48 .966 1.71 1.71 MVP-24
1965 LAD NL 30 CF 11 8 3 60.1 13 11 1 1 0 .923 -2 -32 1.79 1.09 .981 2.28 2.29 MVP-24
1965 LAD NL 30 RF 4 3 3 30.0 7 6 1 0 1 1.000 0 16 2.10 1.75 .974 1.95 1.95 MVP-24
1966 LAD NL 31 OF 148 136 108 1235.1 261 249 8 4 2 .985 3 3 1.87 1.74 .974 2.03 2.03
1966 LAD NL 31 LF 106 71 69 719.2 160 154 3 3 0 .981 8 13 1.96 1.48 .963 1.74 1.73
1966 LAD NL 31 RF 66 63 37 499.2 93 87 5 1 1 .989 -4 -10 1.66 1.39 .978 1.95 1.95
1966 LAD NL 31 CF 2 2 2 16.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -15 1.69 1.50 .980 2.36 2.35
1967 LAD NL 32 OF 91 85 75 758.1 164 153 7 4 0 .976 -1 -1 1.90 1.76 .976 2.03 2.03
1967 LAD NL 32 LF 81 73 65 649.1 144 133 7 4 0 .972 1 2 1.94 1.73 .969 1.74 1.74
1967 LAD NL 32 RF 11 11 9 101.0 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -21 1.60 1.64 .976 2.03 2.03
1967 LAD NL 32 CF 1 1 1 8.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 15 3.38 3.00 .980 2.25 2.30
1968 TOT MLB 33 OF 114 103 91 930.2 193 184 5 4 1 .979 1 1 1.83 1.66 .978 2.05 2.05
1968 TOT MLB 33 RF 76 74 67 653.0 142 136 2 4 1 .972 0 1 1.90 1.82 .980 1.98 1.97
1968 TOT MLB 33 LF 42 29 24 277.2 55 52 3 0 0 1.000 0 1 1.78 1.31 .978 1.85 1.83
1968 CHC NL 33 OF 57 55 52 483.0 100 97 0 3 0 .970 -1 -3 1.81 1.70 .975 2.02 2.03
1968 CHC NL 33 RF 56 55 52 480.0 100 97 0 3 0 .970 -1 -3 1.82 1.73 .981 2.01 2.01
1968 CHC NL 33 LF 1 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 3.00 1.00 .960 1.50 1.60
1968 CLE AL 33 OF 57 48 39 447.2 93 87 5 1 1 .989 2 6 1.85 1.61 .981 2.08 2.07
1968 CLE AL 33 LF 41 29 24 274.2 54 51 3 0 0 1.000 0 1 1.77 1.32 .978 1.85 1.84
1968 CLE AL 33 RF 20 19 15 173.0 42 39 2 1 1 .976 2 13 2.13 2.05 .977 1.88 1.87
1969 CAL AL 34 OF 44 30 19 264.1 62 56 2 4 0 .935 -1 -3 1.97 1.32 .978 2.13 2.13
1969 CAL AL 34 LF 23 13 9 132.1 31 31 0 0 0 1.000 1 13 2.11 1.35 .978 1.99 1.99
1969 CAL AL 34 RF 23 17 10 132.0 28 22 2 4 0 .857 -2 -18 1.64 1.04 .974 1.91 1.91
8 Seasons OF 606 513 424 4711.0 994 945 30 19 6 .981 9 2 1.86 1.61 .976 2.04 2.04
8 Seasons LF 419 306 273 2947.1 611 585 17 9 2 .985 17 7 1.84 1.44 .968 1.76 1.76
7 Seasons RF 194 178 132 1510.2 315 294 12 9 3 .971 -6 -5 1.82 1.58 .978 1.97 1.96
5 Seasons CF 40 29 19 253.0 64 62 1 1 0 .984 -2 -10 2.24 1.58 .980 2.42 2.41
8 Seasons TOT 606 513 424 4711.0 994 945 30 19 6 .981 9 2 1.86 1.61 .976 2.04 2.04
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1965 NL (24, 2%)
0.02 Career Shares (1415th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1965 NL  15 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1965 NL  16 (2nd)
1966 NL  14 (1st)
1967 NL  7 (5th)
1968 NL  7 (3rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1966 NL  16 (8th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1966 NL  10 (6th)

SB % s c a p y
1965 NL  71.43 (9th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  122 (4th)
1966 NL  106 (4th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  180 (4th)
1966 NL  154 (4th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1967 NL  7 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1962 NL  1 (4th)
1965 NL  1 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1968 AL  1 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1965 NL  2 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  5 (3rd)
1966 NL  8 (2nd)
1967 NL  1 (5th)
Career  17 (67th)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1965 NL  1.62 (5th)
1966 NL  1.96 (1st)
1967 NL  1.94 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  1.48 (5th)
1966 NL  1.48 (5th)
1967 NL  1.73 (5th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1965 NL  .989 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2199), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1825), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (240th), 8.1 career WAR/8.6 7yr-peak WAR/8.3 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1968 33 Chicago Cubs $26,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1969 34 California Angels $26,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$52,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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