Darrell Johnson, who managed the Boston Red Sox to the 1975 World Series and was the first manager of the expansion Seattle Mariners two years later, has died at age 75 in Fairfield, Calif. Johnson was fired during the 1976 season and replaced by Don Zimmer. Lou Gorman, the Mariners' first general manager, hired him to manage the expansion club in 1977. Johnson, who played 134 games in the majors, was a catcher with the St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox in 1952. From 1957-62, he played for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles. He retired in 1962 with a .234 batting average and two homers in 320 at-bats. In eight major-league seasons as a manager, three with Boston, four with Seattle and one with Texas, Johnson was 472-590. After retiring as a player, Johnson managed in the Baltimore system.
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