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Ken Johnson- RHP passes away at age 82

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  • Ken Johnson- RHP passes away at age 82

    Ken Johnson, a mainstay in the Braves pitching rotation over the second half of the 1960s has passed away at age 82. (November 21 in Pineville, Louisiana).
    He had his best seasons for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves between 1965 and 1967 when he went 40-25 for that period. Traded early in the 1965 season from the Houston Astros, Johnson went 13-8 with Milwaukee to finish that year at 16-10 overall - his career's best win total. He followed that up with a 14-8 mark in 1966 and a 13-9 record in 1967. Johnson's career record of 91-106 was marred by the fact that he began his career in 1958 with some weak Kansas City Athletics teams and then was selected in the expansion draft by Houston. He spent more than 3 seasons with the Colt 45s and Astros before coming to the Braves. Johnson could manage only a 32-51 record with the expansion Colt ,whose only distinction in the early and mid-1960s was that they were not quite as bad as their fellow expansion team, the New York Mets. He remained with the Braves until early 1969. In his 13 year tenure in the major leagues (1958-1970) Johnson also pitched for the Yankees, Cubs, Expos and in 1961 the Cincinnati Reds. He went 6-2 with a 3.25 in a partial season with the Reds that year and pitched an inning of scoreless relief for them in that year's World Series.
    Johnson pitched 50 Complete Games, 7 shut outs and 1 no-hitter.

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