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Cal Neeman and Don Johnson, former Senators players, pass away

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  • Cal Neeman and Don Johnson, former Senators players, pass away

    Cal Neeman played 14 games for the Senators in 1963.

    Former major-league catcher Cal Neeman, a Valmeyer native, died Thursday at his home in Lake Saint Louis. He was 86.

    Neeman, originally signed by the New York Yankees, played seven seasons in the majors with the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators. His best season was his rookie year with the Cubs in 1957 when he hit .258 with 10 homers and 39 runs batted in as their regular catcher. Neeman hit 12 homers, drove in 29 runs and batted .259 for the Cubs in 1958.
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    Don Johnson pitched for the Senators in 1951 and 1952. He died in February, but his death was not reported here in its own thread.

    Johnson, Don 88 Nov. 12, 1926 Feb. 10, 2015 ...

    At Jefferson, he excelled as a pitcher on Lindsay Campbell's baseball teams, attracting the attention of major league scouts and was signed by the New York Yankees in 1943. WWII interrupted Don's early baseball career. He served two years in the U.S. Army and had the good fortune of playing with other professional ballplayers for the undefeated Ft. Lewis Warriors. At the age of 20, Don made his major league debut with the 1947 Yankees, going the distance against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 10 inning 3-2 victory. This great Yankee team, led by Joe Dimaggio, went on to win the American League pennant and World Series. Don's professional baseball career spanned 16 years with the Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. He also pitched for Toronto in the International League, where he led the league in ERA and strikeouts and in 1957, was named the league's MVP.
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