Another sad day for Dodgers fan as another World Series hero passes away. Just days after it was announced that Jay Johnstone had passed away due to complications from COVID-19, the team announces that Sweet Lou Johnson has also passed. He had just celebrated his 86th birthday at the end of September.
Dodgers fans who have been around long enough will remember Johnson’s contributions during the 1965 World Series. His big homerun off of Jim Kaat in Game 7 propelled Los Angeles to a championship over the Minnesota Twins. Johnson’s homerun produced the only runs scored in that game.
The Dodgers are saddened to hear about the passing of former Dodger “Sweet” Lou Johnson. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/gHiG33ZvgP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 2, 2020
That wasn’t the only Dodgers moment that Johnson was a part of. When Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game in September of 1965, Johnson was the only batter in the entire game to get a hit and bring across the run that helped Koufax to earn perfection.
Johnson made it to the big leagues during the 1965 season when starting outfielder Tommy Davis suffered a broken ankle. That paved the way for Johnson to become the starting outfielder for the year and to make the tremendous impact that he did. In total, Johnson ended up playing 8 years at the big league level for 5 different teams.