|HIT HIS ONLY HR IN '93 AT A MOST CRITICAL TIME.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- The triple is considered by many to be baseball's most exciting play. With that in mind, you could say Lance Johnson was one of the game's most exciting players during a 14-year career, eight with the White Sox. Johnson legged out 117 triples, including 21 in 1996, the most since '51. He led the majors in three-baggers three times and his league twice. He hit .291 with 321 steals as a top-of-the-order nuisance.
- Johnson got the White Sox even in the ALCS against the Blue Jays in Game 4 on Oct. 9, 1993. He hit his first homer of the season in the second inning off Todd Stottlemyre to give Chicago a 2-0 lead and then tripled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth, also off Stottlemyre, in the 7-4 victory.
- Free-agents coming to New York usually go one of two ways: hit or bomb. Johnson was a colossal hit with the Mets in '96. He led the NL in hits with 227, the majors in triples and stole a career-high 50 bases. He was an All-Star for the first and only time and even chipped in nine homers and 69 RBI.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Fittingly drafted by the Cardinals in '84 out of the University of South Alabama.
- On Sept. 23, 1995, Johnson became the 20th player in the AL to hit three triples in a game, part of a six-hit performance.
- Became a triples savant beginning in '91, and from then through '94 was the first player to lead the league four consecutive years.
- One of four players (Sam Crawford, Stan Musial, Willie Wilson) to lead the league in triples five times.
- Third player ever (Crawford, #6 Brett Butler) to lead the NL and AL in triples.