Today in White Sox History: February 9

Three bagged: Lance Johnson was a triples machine on the South Side. (Fleer)


1988
Another one of the smaller moves completed by White Sox GM Larry Himes that paid off in a major way. Himes shipped pitcher Jose DeLeon to the Cardinals for pitcher Ricky Horton and outfielder Lance Johnson. Johnson, would blossom into one of the better defensive center fielders in the American League, become a solid hitter and steal 226 bases in his eight years on the South Side. He led the American League in triples four straight seasons between 1991 and 1994.

Johnson would have a 25-game hitting streak in 1992, batting .439 during that stretch and would also collect six hits in six at-bats in a game at Minnesota on Sept. 23, 1995 (three of his six hits were triples). He would sign a free agent contract with the Mets after the 1995 season.

 

4 thoughts on “Today in White Sox History: February 9

  1. I remember being furious when Tony LaRussa intentionally walked Johnson to end his hit streak. Johnson even swung at one of the pitches.

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    1. I don’t know the context (runners in scoring position, 1B open, or whatever), but in isolation, yeah, that’s a pretty bush move.

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      1. The context is that I was 12 years old, and I wanted One-Dog to keep his streak. Also, I hated the A’s. All other context would have been lost on me.

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