Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC
I believe that those two guys would qualify for the "full fledged" nut category, RedsBaron.
Johnson was one of the all time bad characters in the game.
St Louis Cardinals publicity director, Jim Toomey, in a phone call to beat writer Earl Lawson upon learning that Alex Johnson had just been traded from the Cardinals to the Reds:
Earl, I just want to warn you that when Alex Johnson says "Mother," he has just exhausted half of his vocabulary.
Lawson later learned that Toomey hadn't been kidding.
I too had read the quote about Johnson's vocabulary.
My favorite Johnson story, which I believe that I have posted before, occurred in the 1969 season. As was his custom, Johnson dropped a flyball in leftfield, but, before it hit the ground, centerfielder Pete Rose (yes, centerfielder) grabbed it for the out. About one week later Johnson dropped another flyball which did hit the ground for an error. Johnson promptly yelled to Rose: "Where were you?"