Ken Johnson Stats

Ken Johnson was born on Friday, June 16, 1933, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Johnson was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 13, 1958, with the Kansas City Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ken Johnson baseball stats page.

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"( Nellie ) Fox , a major leaguer for 15 years, was near tears after the game. He approached Johnson in the Houston dressing room and said: 'Ken, I'm sorry I had to mess it (the no hitter) up.' 'Don't feel bad about it, Nellie ,' Johnson replied. 'I put the guy on myself.'" - UPI Wire (The Holland Evening Wire, 24 April 1964, 'Ken Johnson Pitches No-Hitter But Loses', Page 15)

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#278 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1962top01' title='1962 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ken Johnson Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#278 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Kenneth Travis Johnson
Nickname:
Ken
Born On:
06-16-1933  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
West Palm Beach, Florida
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-21-2015 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Pineville, Louisiana
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Palm Beach High School (Palm Beach, FL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
210
First Game:
09-13-1958 (Age 25)
Last Game:
04-18-1970
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson Pitching Stats

1958 25 Athletics 2 0 0 0 0 .000 27.00 0 0 0 2.1 17 6 7 7 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 -
1959 26 Athletics 2 2 0 1 1 .500 4.09 0 0 0 11.0 47 11 5 6 2 5 0 8 0 0 0 -
1960 27 Athletics 42 6 18 5 10 .333 4.26 2 0 3 120.1 525 120 57 68 16 45 6 83 3 7 1 -
1961 28 Athletics 6 1 1 0 4 .000 10.61 0 0 0 9.1 45 11 11 11 2 7 0 4 0 0 0 -
1961 28 Reds 15 11 1 6 2 .750 3.25 3 1 1 83.0 341 71 30 33 11 22 1 42 1 2 0 -
1962 29 Colt .45s 33 31 0 7 16 .304 3.84 5 1 0 197.0 826 195 84 100 18 46 1 178 6 7 1 -
1963 30 Colt .45s 37 32 4 11 17 .393 2.65 6 1 1 224.0 919 204 66 86 12 50 4 148 1 8 3 -
1964 31 Colt .45s 35 35 0 11 16 .407 3.63 7 1 0 218.0 909 209 88 100 15 44 6 117 3 7 0 -
1965 32 Astros 8 8 0 3 2 .600 4.18 1 0 0 51.2 215 52 24 25 4 11 1 28 2 4 0 -
1965 32 Braves 29 26 2 13 8 .619 3.21 8 1 2 179.2 735 165 64 75 15 37 7 123 3 3 0 -
1966 33 Braves 32 31 0 14 8 .636 3.30 11 2 0 215.2 872 213 79 89 24 46 6 105 1 0 1 -
1967 34 Braves 29 29 0 13 9 .591 2.74 6 0 0 210.1 842 191 64 78 19 38 8 85 1 7 1 -
1968 35 Braves 31 16 9 5 8 .385 3.47 1 0 0 135.0 566 145 52 58 10 25 10 57 3 9 0 -
1969 36 Braves 9 2 2 0 1 .000 4.97 0 0 1 29.0 126 32 16 17 4 9 1 20 0 0 0 -
1969 36 Yankees 12 0 8 1 2 .333 3.46 0 0 0 26.0 108 19 10 11 1 11 2 21 1 0 0 -
1969 36 Cubs 9 1 3 1 2 .333 2.84 0 0 1 19.0 87 17 6 8 2 13 3 18 1 0 0 -
1970 37 Expos 3 0 2 0 0 .000 7.50 0 0 0 6.0 31 9 5 6 1 1 0 4 0 2 0 -
13 Years 334 231 50 91 106 .462 3.46 50 7 9 1,737.1 7,211 1,670 668 778 157 413 56 1,042 26 56 7 -

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Ken Johnson Hitting Stats

1958 25 Athletics 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1959 26 Athletics 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1960 27 Athletics 42 30 2 5 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 11 3 0 0 1 .167 .167 .200
1961 28 Athletics 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1961 28 Reds 15 25 1 6 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 .240 .240 .280
1962 29 Colt .45s 33 52 1 4 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 24 9 0 0 2 .077 .094 .096
1963 30 Colt .45s 38 74 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 34 5 0 1 0 .068 .092 .068
1964 31 Colt .45s 35 76 4 6 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 49 4 0 1 0 .079 .114 .132
1965 32 Astros 8 18 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 .111 .111 .167
1965 32 Braves 29 61 3 7 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 27 3 0 0 0 .115 .115 .131
1966 33 Braves 32 70 3 10 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 28 10 0 0 1 .143 .155 .243
1967 34 Braves 29 71 5 9 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 27 6 0 0 0 .127 .184 .141
1968 35 Braves 31 40 1 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 19 3 1 0 2 .175 .171 .175
1969 36 Braves 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000
1969 36 Yankees 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
1969 36 Cubs 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1970 37 Expos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
13 Years 335 534 24 61 9 1 2 0 23 12 0 250 45 1 2 6 .114 .137 .146

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson Fielding Stats

1958 Athletics P 2 0 7 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.71
1959 Athletics P 2 2 33 3 1.5 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.45
1960 Athletics P 42 6 361 33 0.8 33 6 27 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.47
1961 Athletics P 6 1 28 5 0.8 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.82
1961 Reds P 15 11 249 28 1.9 28 9 19 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.04
1962 Colt .45s P 33 31 591 50 1.5 46 9 37 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .920 2.10
1963 Colt .45s P 37 32 672 60 1.6 59 8 51 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.37
1964 Colt .45s P 35 35 654 65 1.9 59 9 50 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .908 2.44
1965 Astros P 8 8 155 19 2.4 19 6 13 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.31
1965 Braves P 29 26 539 29 1.0 27 10 17 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .931 1.35
1966 Braves P 32 31 647 50 1.6 49 14 35 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.04
1967 Braves P 29 29 631 43 1.5 42 9 33 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.80
1968 Braves P 31 16 405 26 0.8 25 7 18 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.67
1969 Braves P 9 2 87 5 0.6 5 0 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.55
1969 Yankees P 12 0 78 9 0.8 9 2 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.12
1969 Cubs P 9 1 57 2 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.95
1970 Expos P 3 0 18 2 0.7 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
P Totals 334 231 5,212 431 1.3 415 93 322 16 19 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.15
13 Years 334 231 5,212 431 1.3 415 93 322 16 19 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.15

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson Miscellaneous Stats

1958 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.33 3.86 11.57
1959 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.60 6.55 4.09
1960 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 10.0 1.84 6.21 3.37
1961 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.57 3.86 6.75
1961 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 5.0 1.91 4.55 2.39
1962 Colt .45s 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 17.3 3.87 8.13 2.10
1963 Colt .45s 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 2.2 0.0 2.96 5.95 2.01
1964 Colt .45s 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 76.0 1.6 76.0 2.66 4.83 1.82
1965 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 2.55 4.88 1.92
1965 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 12.2 3.32 6.16 1.85
1966 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 70.0 2.5 35.0 2.28 4.38 1.92
1967 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 71.0 2.24 3.64 1.63
1968 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.1 20.0 2.28 3.80 1.67
1969 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 2.22 6.21 2.79
1969 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 3.0 1.91 7.27 3.81
1969 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.38 8.53 6.16
1970 Expos 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.00 6.00 1.50
13 Years 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 267.0 2.1 23.2 2.52 5.40 2.14

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Ken Johnson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1958 Kansas City Athletics 27 Undetermined - -
1959 Kansas City Athletics 35 Undetermined - -
1960 Kansas City Athletics 17 Undetermined - -
1961 Kansas City Athletics 17 Undetermined - -
1961 Cincinnati Reds 40 Undetermined - Stats
1962 Houston Colt .45s 36 , 40 Undetermined - -
1963 Houston Colt .45s 40 Undetermined - -
1964 Houston Colt .45s 40 Undetermined - -
1965 Houston Astros 40 Undetermined - -
1965 Milwaukee Braves 30 Undetermined - -
1966 Atlanta Braves 30 $33,000.00 - -
1967 Atlanta Braves 30 $33,000.00 - -
1968 Atlanta Braves 30 $33,000.00 - -
1969 Atlanta Braves 30 $33,000.00 - -
1969 New York Yankees 54 "     " - -
1969 Chicago Cubs 46 "     " - -
1970 Montreal Expos 30 Undetermined - -
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Ken Johnson - a journeyman knuckleball pitcher - pitched six complete-game five-hitters, and won all six decisions. Ken Johnson pitched five complete-game four hitters, and won all five decisions. Ken Johnson pitched three complete-game three-hitters, and won all three decisions.

Did you know that Ken Johnson was the first, and so far only, pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter? Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of that Ken Johnson no-hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Ken Johnson', Page 218):
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Ken Johnson No-Hitter (Box Score: 04-23-1964 )

When Ken Johnson toed the rubber Thursday April 23 for the seventh place Houston Colt .45s before a sparse crowd of 5,426 at Colt Stadium he had not had a winning season in the big leagues.

As much as Johnson (2-0 for the young season) was accustomed to losing, though, he was about to endure the most devastating defeat of his career. Facing Joe Nuxhall and the fifth place Cincinnati Reds , the 30-year-old righthanded knuckleball specialist became the first major league pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter.

The Reds pushed over an unearned run with the help of two Houston errors in the ninth inning to send Johnson down to a frustrating defeat. Johnson struck out nine and walked two in an otherwise flawless performance.

Johnson helped to pave the way for his own undoing. After he got Nuxhall on a ground out to third baseman Bob Aspromonte leading off the ninth, Pete Rose dropped a bunt down the the third base side of the mound. Johnson fielded the ball, but threw wildly to Pete Runnels at first, the ball skipping to the stands while Rose romped to second.

Next up was Chico Ruiz , and he lined a shot off Johnson's shin. The ball caromed to Aspromonte , who threw to first to get Ruiz as Rose advanced to third. But Johnson's good luck on that play deserted him on the next when normally good-fielding second baseman Nellie Fox booted Vada Pinson's easy grounder. Rose scampered home with the game's only run, after which Frank Robinson flew out to Jim Wynn in left.

It was a heart-breaking loss for Johnson, who had dominated the Reds through the first eight innings. The defeat snapped a seven-game winning streak over two years for the hulking Colts ' hurler.

Johnson began the outing by striking out Rose and getting Ruiz on a fly to right. He walked Pinson on a 3-2 pitch, but then fanned Robinson on a called third strike.

Aspromonte fielded Deron Johnson's hot smash and thew him out at first on a nice defensive play leading off the second. The only other tough fielding chance came in the sixth when Johnson just nipped Nuxhall on a throw to first after the opposing hurler had dropped a bunt.

Johnson issued his only other walk with one out in the fifth, passing Bob Skinner on a 3-2 pitch. But he retired Johnny Edwards on a fly to center and Leo Cardenas on strikes.

After the walk, 12 Reds went down in order, including Skinner on a bouncer to first, Edwards on a grounder to second, and Cardenas on a popup to short in the eighth. Then came the disastrous ninth.

The Colts had ample opportunity to nail down the win for Johnson. In the seventh, with Fox on third and Runnels on first with none out, Houston fell victim to a bizarre double play due to some poor base-running when Johnny Weekly hit a bouncer to Cardenas . The Reds shortstop threw to Ruiz at third to catch Fox off guard, and when Runnels kept running past second, Ruiz fired back to Cardenas to nab him, too.

Wynn doubled leading off the eighth, but was stranded at second. In the ninth with two outs, Runnels was called out at first after Johnson fielded his grounder and flipped to Nuxhall covering, but plate umpire Augie Donatelli over-ruled Stan Landes' call. A heated argument followed before Johnny Weekly was called out on strikes to end the game.

Johnson went on to post an 11-16 record for the season.

On June 3, 1962 , Ken Johnson surrendered the thirty-seventh home run of his pitching career, the first of three he would "allow" to Bob Skinner . This particular home run was special, an insanely hard hit blast that cleared the 86 foot high roof in right field at Forbes Field , only the fifth shot ever to reach that height / distance - those who came before Skinner were Babe Ruth , Ted Beard , Mickey Mantle and Wally Moon .

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