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Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

American baseball player
Johnny Lewis
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Intro American baseball player
Was Athlete Baseball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 10 August 1939, Greenville, USA
Death 29 July 2018, Pensacola, USA (aged 79 years)
Star sign Leo
Sports Teams
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
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Biography

Johnny Joe Lewis (August 10, 1939 – July 29, 2018) was an American Major League Baseball player who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets from 1964 to 1967. He was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 1959. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed, and was listed as weighing 189 pounds (86 kg) and at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) in height. His first game was on April 14, 1964 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and his final game was on June 11, 1967. He was born on August 10, 1939 in Greenville, Alabama.

Lewis is probably best known for breaking up a Jim Maloney no-hitter in the 11th inning with a game-winning homer for the Mets. In that Crosley Field game, Maloney threw a complete game of 11 innings and allowed no hits over the first ten innings. Lewis' homer in the 11th gave Maloney the loss, 1–0. Lewis had the nickname "The Gunner" when with The Mets for his ability to throw out runners heading to home plate and the bases.

Bob Gibson credits Johnny Lewis with helping him to rehab from the Roberto Clemente line drive which broke his leg in 1967 by being his practice catcher to keep his arm strong while Lewis was serving in the Cardinal front office at that time. In later years, Lewis was a coach for the Cardinals (1973–76, 1984–89), a scout for them, and managed their Rookie League affiliate, the Calgary Cardinals, in 1977 and 1978.

Lewis died July 29, 2018.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 31 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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