Bob Johnson (johnsbo02)
Robert Wallace Johnson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- School University of Minnesota
- High School Edina-Morningside High School
- Debut April 19, 1960
- Final Game June 20, 1970
- Born March 4, 1936 in Omaha, NE USA
- Died November 9, 2019 in St. Paul, MN USA
Bob Johnson played 11 seasons in the majors, hitting .272, a respectable average given that most of his career was in the second dead-ball era. He played 201 games at shortstop, 167 at second base, 166 at third and 107 at first base.
Johnson was born in Omaha, NE, and began his minor league career at age 18. He played in the minors from 1954 to 1959 before coming to the majors for the 1960 season with the Kansas City Athletics, for whom he played 76 games.
After the season he was picked in the expansion draft and spent part of 1961 with the Washington Senators. He also appeared in 91 games in the minors with the Rochester Red Wings, hitting .332 with 16 home runs. With the Senators he hit .295.
He was traded after his season as a regular in 1962, and spent 1963 to 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles, getting around 200 at-bats each year (157 up to 273) with a peak batting average of .295 in 1963. Early in the 1967 season the young New York Mets purchased him from Baltimore and used him in 90 games; he responded by hitting .348 with a .474 slugging percentage. At age 31 he was nine years older than teammate Tom Seaver.
He moved around during the last three years of his major league career. Perhaps most notably he spent much of the 1969 season with the now Oakland Athletics, for whom he hit .343 in 72 plate appearances.