By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lou Johnson has passed away. The former baseball player was 86.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. “Sweet” Lou reportedly passed away on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, California.
He passed away one day after this birthday.
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Johnson will be best remembered for hitting a significant home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series. The Dodgers defeated the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 World Series.
“Dodger fans will always remember his important home run in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, when he was clapping his hands running around the bases,” team president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Lou Johnson was such a positive inspiration at Dodger Stadium with our employees and our fans as well as throughout the community in the appearances he made on behalf of the organization.”
He also scored the only run during Sandy Koufax’s perfect game during the 1965 season. He played three seasons with the Dodgers, according to Baseball Reference.
He also played for the California Angels, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Cleveland Indians. Johnson — who was born in Lexington, Kentucky — began his playing career in Major League Baseball from 1960 through 1969.
Following his retirement, Johnson worked for the Dodgers for 40-years, according to SF Gate. He worked in their Community Relations Department.
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He is survived by his wife Sarah, along with their three children, Lauren, Carlton, and Quinton.
“I was sad to hear that @Dodgers 1965 World Series hero “Sweet” Lou Johnson passed away,” Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen said on Twitter. “I’ll always remember your smile. I send my condolences and love to your family. Thank you for all you did for our organization and community. May you rest in peace, sir.”
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