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August 30 – Happy Birthday Johnny Lindell

The Yankees signed Johnny Lindell in 1936 as a pitcher and during the next six seasons he developed really well in the New York farm system, culminating with an outstanding 23-4 record with the 1941 Newark Bears. He deserved a shot at the big show but the only problem was that Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy’s team was already loaded with good pitchers at the time and he simply didn’t need another one. So instead, he asked Lindell if he’d like to try the outfield. Johnny had always been a good hitter, averaging close to .300 in the minors, so the 6’5″ native of Greely, CO gave it a shot. By 1943, with WWII raging and the regular Yankee outfield disrupted by military service, Lindell became New York’s regular center fielder. He had his best big league season in 1944 when he averaged .300, poked 18 home runs, drove in 103 and led the AL in triples for the second straight year.

Off the field, Lindell was a party animal. It was rumored that Yankee GM George Weiss spent more money on private detectives he hired to keep night-time tabs on his outfielder than he paid Lindell in salary. By 1945, it was Lindell’s turn to serve his country. When he returned to the Yankees in 1946, New York’s regular outfielders and prospects had all returned from military service and Lindell gradually moved into the role of the team’s fourth outfielder.

Johnny had some great moments as a Yankee. He hit .500 and drove in seven runs during the Yankees 1947 World Series victory over the Dodgers. In 1949, he hit a huge home run in New York’s final regular season series against Boston, enabling the Yankees to move into a tie with the Red Sox. But as each year passed, Lindell found himself playing less and less and during the 1950 season, Weiss sold him to the Cardinals. When St. Louis released him at the end of that season, Lindell decided to go back to pitching and returned to the minors to work on his knuckle ball. He put together an amazing 24-9 season in the Pacific Coast League in 1952 and the Pirates promoted him to their starting rotation the following year. But Lindell couldn’t throw his knuckle ball over the plate for strikes and the more patient big league hitters simply waited him out. He finished the ’53 season with a 5-16 record and led the NL in walks. By the following year he was out of the big leagues for good.

Johnny shares his birthday with his former Yankee teammate, a third baseman with the nickname of “Bull.” This former Yankee pitcher was also born on August 30th.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1941 NYY 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1942 NYY 27 24 24 1 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 .250 .250 .292 .542
1943 NYY 122 500 441 53 108 17 12 4 51 2 51 55 .245 .329 .365 .694
1944 NYY 149 646 594 91 178 33 16 18 103 5 44 56 .300 .351 .500 .851
1945 NYY 41 181 159 26 45 6 3 1 20 2 17 10 .283 .363 .377 .740
1946 NYY 102 369 332 41 86 10 5 10 40 4 32 47 .259 .328 .410 .738
1947 NYY 127 513 476 66 131 18 7 11 67 1 32 70 .275 .322 .412 .734
1948 NYY 88 344 309 58 98 17 2 13 55 0 35 50 .317 .387 .511 .898
1949 NYY 78 247 211 33 51 10 0 6 27 3 35 27 .242 .350 .374 .724
1950 NYY 7 25 21 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 4 2 .190 .320 .190 .510
12 Yrs 854 3121 2795 401 762 124 48 72 404 17 289 366 .273 .344 .429 .773
NYY (10 yrs) 742 2850 2568 371 707 112 45 63 369 17 250 322 .275 .343 .428 .770
PHI (2 yrs) 18 31 23 3 8 1 0 0 4 0 8 5 .348 .516 .391 .907
PIT (1 yr) 58 109 91 11 26 6 1 4 15 0 16 15 .286 .404 .505 .909
STL (1 yr) 36 131 113 16 21 5 2 5 16 0 15 24 .186 .287 .398 .685
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/31/2013.