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Deron Johnson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 17, 1938 in San Diego, California
Died: April 23, 1992 in Poway, California
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Baseball Career:
First Game: September 20, 1960; Final Game: May 28, 1976
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200

Awards and Achievements:
Named third baseman on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1965)

Deron Johnson
This article was written by John Vorperian and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Deron Roger Johnson, one of many young Yankee players labeled the "next Mickey Mantle", spent 16 seasons as a major league slugger. His finest years was not as a Bronx Bomber but in the National League.

Born July 17, 1938 in San Diego, he became a dual -- football and baseball -- interscholastic sports star in his home town. Johnson played end, linebacker, kicker, and punter for San Diego High School. In 1955, Johnson scored 15 touchdowns for the Cavers as the team went on to capture the Southern California championship. His football coach Duane Maley said Johnson "would have been a great college player and a pro player...I saw him punt one 72 yards in the air." Maley further declared, "Deron was a coach's dream. He never missed a practice. He was never late." His baseball coach Les Cassie confirmed such and added the All-American end was among the top athletes ever to come out of San Diego High.

Pursued by several colleges, he was offered numerous football scholarships including one from the Notre Dame, but Johnson turned them all down. Upon graduation in 1956, having been also sought by the Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Indians, and Pirates, Johnson inked a pact with the New York Yankees. Yankee scout Gordon "Deacon" Jones signed Johnson to a Class D contract for $1,000 a month.

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