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Alex Johnson dies at 72; former American League batting champion
Alex Johnson dies at 72; former American League batting champion

Former California Angels star Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, died Tuesday in Detroit, the Angels announced. He was 72. Johnson played with eight teams over 13 seasons in the 1960s and '70s, but the left fielder's best season in the majors came during his first season with the Angels, when he batted .329 with 86 RBIs and 14 home runs en route to capturing the AL batting title. He won the honor by the slimmest of margins, beating out Boston's Carl Yastrzemski with two hits on the final day of the season. Johnson remains the only batting champion in Angels history. Despite his achievement, Johnson fell out of favor with...

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