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Sylvester "Syl" Johnson
Birth: Dec. 31, 1900
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 1985
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Major League Baseball Player. The right-hander pitched 19 years in the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1922 to 1925), the St. Louis Cardinals (1926 to 1933), the Cincinnati Reds (1934) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1934 to 1940). He posted a 12-7 record with a 3.98 earned run average in 1923. His winningest season was 1929, when he was 13-7 with a 3.60 ERA and 12 complete games in 19 starts. He was on pennant-winning teams in 1928, 1930 and 1931, but got only start in the World Series. That came in Game 4 in 1931, when he went 5 2/3 innings in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. The Redbirds won the title in seven. He was traded to Cincinnati with catcher Bob O'Farrell, who would become the Reds' manager, on January 11, 1934 for pitcher Glenn Spencer. The Reds shipped him along with outfielder Johnny Moore to the Phillies on May 16 of that year for outfielders Art Ruble and Wes Schulmerich and pitcher Ted Kleinhaus. He struck out Babe Ruth twice on May 29, 1935, thus becoming the last pitcher to strike out the Bambino in a major-league game.
His lifetime totals were 112-117, a 4.06 ERA and 82 complete games in 209 starts. (bio by: Ron Coons) 
 
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 Parents:
  Oscar Johnson (1859 - 1940)
  Caroline Johnson (1863 - 1940)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Helen Heitsman Johnson (1905 - 2001)*
 
 Children:
  David Wayne Johnson (1941 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Coons
Record added: Apr 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13884766
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Remembering you today on the anniversary of your passing Syl. You had solid Big League numbers
- Don MacBeth
 Added: Feb. 20, 2011

- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Feb. 20, 2011

- Monty
 Added: Feb. 20, 2010
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