Originally Posted by RedsBaron
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?"
I love Alex Johnson stories. There was the one where Johnson's homerun total had eclipsed his last season's total early in the 1968 season. A Philadelphia sportswriter posed the question, "Alex, you hit only two homers last season. You already have seven this season. What's the difference?"
Johnson, seemingly amused by his answer replied without the slightest trace of a smile, "Five."
Another was when Alex had a big day at the plate on Mother's Day of 1969, Earl Lawson asked him if the big day at the plate had been a Mother's Day gift for his wife.
Johnson scowled and said, "She aint no mother. We ain't got no children."