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Alex Johnson dies at 72; Angels' troubled batting champ
Alex Johnson dies at 72; Angels' troubled batting champ

Alex Johnson, the only batting champion in Angels' history, died Saturday of complications from cancer. He was 72. His death was announced by the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit. Johnson hit .288 in 13 major league seasons, but it was his two volatile years with the Angels that defined him. In 1970, Johnson hit .329 to win the American League batting title, beating out Boston Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski on the last day of the season. In 1971, he was suspended five times and became the face of a dysfunctional team. The Major League Players Assn. filed a grievance, which became a landmark case that forced baseball to treat mental issues on par with physical...

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