Davey Johnson
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Davey Johnson
Davey Johnson
Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame, 2010
David Allen Johnson
Born: January 30, 1943 at Orlando, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 170

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Manager 1984 - 1990

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Won Doney
January 30, 2001
One of the best managers the Mets ever had (along the lines of Gil Hodges, who was a good manager, despite what people say.)

Anthony J Reccoppa
March 29, 2001
Davey came in with his kids from Tidewater and saved a dead franchise. The Mets were a joke for 7 straight years, and New York all but forgot about the blue and orange until he brought up some young studs named Doc, Darryl, Wally, Lenny,& Darling and began the most succsesful run in franchise history up until now. Shea became the place to go once again, and we have him to thank for the great memories. To me...#5 should be retired right next to Gil.

bob mercier
May 26, 2001
To me, Davey Johnson is one of the 2 greatest managers the Mets have ever had. The time Davey was managing the Mets was during one of their great runs in team history. Davey Johnson it seems turned the Mets around real quick when he got there in 1984 because the Mets had a losing season in 1983 and it seems the Mets should be retiring #5.

July 12, 2001
The greatest manager the Mets ever had,why did they fire him?

Celebrity Bowling
July 24, 2001
Overrated. Won with an all-star team in 1986. 1987 wasn't a genius anymore. Some people posting here seem to hate Joe Torre, but Joe wins with his stars. When did Davey finally figure out that Straw and Doc were coking it? Was it when Straw tried to snort the baselines? Wasted Sid Fernandez, had definite favorites and Sid wasn't one of them. HoJo was. HoJo could hit (for a couple of years then the roof caved in) but was a miserable fielder (nickname clang- clang). Ever think of playing him in the outfield Davey? Or at least subbing in the late innings for him? Oh yeah, you were a lousy infielder with power, too. Hasn't been able to duplicate his couple of good years elsewhere.

Danny Erickson
December 12, 2001
I remember when Davey was named manager of the Mets. I really didn't expect anything. Afterall, the guy talked very highly of Wally Backman. I wasn't very impressed with Wally's brief auditions with the team. Well, I was wrong and Davey became my favorite manager and Wally became one of my favorite players.

Mr. Sparkle
January 1, 2002
I once hired a guy simply because his name was Dave Johnson. He was a Red Sox fan and he hated it when I called him "Davey" rather than Dave. I got other people to call him Davey as well.

Aside from that the real Davey was a great manager. He had a very lose style but he gave us a winner which you gotta love him for that. I can still picture him slamming himself down on the bench with his hands in his pockets during the 10th inning of game six after Aguliera gave up the two runs. Thank God for Cater, Mitchell, Knight and the Mookster.

January 22, 2002
Davey Johnson was a good manager that benefited from a great team. In tight situations Johnson seemed to always make mistakes almost costing the Mets 1986 World Series, and costing them the 1988 NLCS. Although Johnson had an impressive winning precentage, he was a major disapointment in that the Mets only won 1 World Series.

Brian Mauro
January 30, 2002
If the Mets get off to a bad start this year, Bobby V won't get the time to ride it out like he got last year. If this is the case, we could pull Davey off the golf course for a reunion.

September 5, 2002
If we do rid ourselves of Bobby V. is Dave johnson interested in coming back to manage the Mets? It would be great if he brought some 86 fire with him like Dykstra (3rd. base coach) Knight (bench coach) Mex as a hitting coach and Doc as the pitching coach. Am I alone in this thought fellow Mets fans?

Richard Kissel
September 14, 2002
Davey Johnson was the swaggering manager of the 1986 swaggering team. They were built for each other. He did a great job with the Mets and was fired much too soon. Also, the last out, as a player, in the 1969 World Series.

December 24, 2002
He was also the last batter to get a hit off of Koufax.

He also played in 4 World Series, winning two.

He also was one of the Braves 40 homer hitters (Aaron, Evans) on a team with three future managers (Johnson, Johnny Oates, Dusty Baker) in the starting lineup.

Davey was involved in (I believe) 11 postseasons as player and manager.

Like Joe Torre was BEFORE his Yankee experience, Davey is a forgotten and largely dissed man in the history of 1960-present baseball. Unfortunately, I don't think he is going to get his chance to go out on top like Torre has.

Larry Burns
January 6, 2003
I heard that Davey got the last hit off of Koufax. I also heard the next year he mentioned the fact that he accomplished that feat to Sandy himself. Rumor has it that Sandy responded by saying that is when he realized he was washed up----I guess Davey's arrogance took a hit that day.

Bob P
May 10, 2004
I read on that Davey will be managing the 2004 Netherlands Olympic Baseball team this summer in Athens.

Feat Fan
July 13, 2004
June 3,1978 - Phillies' second baseman Davey Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to pinch-hit two grand slams in one season. His ninth inning bases-loaded shot beats the Dodgers, 5-1.

September 15, 2004
Perfect manager for that 1986 team -- a bunch of in- your-face, arrogant, hard-playing, hard-partying winners.

He had a good eye for talent, too, promoting Backman, Gooden, McDowell, and Dykstra.

He also showed disciplinary ability, stomping on George Foster when the latter showed a lack of team spirit and a lot of self-centeredness.

Davey was done in by the fact that his team was out of control off the field, and that frightened Met management. They wanted a team of Kevin McReynoldses.

October 18, 2004
He was never known as "Davey" as a player -- it was Dave. I was never quite certain where or when the 'y' got tacked on, but it was a good fit for him as manager -- a throwback sort of sound.

Despite his skill at identifying guys he wanted on his club, he was not the greatest tactical manager, as I recall. That was ironic, considering that he was early to use stats and computers rather than his gut.

Jonathan Stern
December 16, 2004
I can't believe that the Mets refuse to invite him back for anything. Nor can I believe that the franchise has yet to commemorate the 1986 team as well. There was no 10th anniversary reunion, nor a 15th. I won't be shocked if there isn't a 20th either. Sure, that 1986 squad may have been the most anti-social bunch of bastards ever. And Davey didn't stop them from being that way. But they won it all - one of only two Mets teams ever to do so. And it's almost as if Johnson was never here. Has any other franchise in MLB history ever treated a WS-winning manager with more coldness? Pathetic.

The Davey Johnson Mets jumped the shark when Doc missed the victory parade. Afterwards, the first public sign that Davey had become a different manager may have been when he shaved his moustache off. From that point on, he looked weak and distracted, utterly lacking the swagger he brought to the Mets in the first place. Spit a lot of sunflower seeds. Reports indicate that the front office terrorized him during his final seasons at the helm. Eventually, the players lost their edge as well. I don't know whether or not he was behaving under pressure from ownership, but in his desire to sanitize the clubhouse, Frank Cashen destroyed the championship team he built from scratch. And, in particular, the manager he hired.

Born in Flushing
May 4, 2005
Way overrated. As mentioned by another guy earlier, made a lot of bad decisions in tight spots. Was known to call to the bullpen for Doug Sisk. Couldn't control the copious talent he DID have at his disposal.

And oh yeah, in Game 6, with no outs in the ninth, he didn't call for a bunt which would have moved the winning run to third base. Instead, he let an unproven bench player named Johnson swing away while pinch-hitting for Elster. HoJo struck out; the next two batters hit deep fly balls which would have plated the winning run. But without such poor strategy, we would've never had the exhilaration of that 10th inning. So thanks, Davey.

Susan McConnell
July 4, 2005
I don't know anything about baseball or Davey Johnson's career, but I do know that he is a father who lost his baby daughter, Andrea, on June 8, 2005. I saw him at her funeral and he probably wasn't concerned about the good or bad things people had to say about him. He was a father mourning the loss of his daughter, who left this world too soon.

Joe From Jersey
December 2, 2005
He's the greatest Mets manager period. I can still remember Game 6 vs Boston and when Keith made that 2nd out and Davey slumped onto the bench as NBC's cameras were trained on him and with Gary Carter about to get up. Well, I and millions of Ultimate Mets fans know how things turned out. I was only 3 in 1969 (I wish that I was much older that year); so the memory of the most rowdiest team that made the 1919 Black Sox look like Amish Senior Citizens will always be in my heart until the Mets win their next World Series. (I say in 2006.) Plus, he recently had to go through what I wouldn't wish on anyone; he had to bury a child (his daughter Andrea). They say the toughest thing ever is for a parent to bury a child. Good luck in the 2008 Olympics, Davey!

March 13, 2008
Two funny comeback lines relating directly to Davey come to mind...

Until about 1984 or 1985, Davey Johnson absolutely loved to tell people he was the last man to get a hit off Sandy Koufax. Well, Sandy was visiting Spring Training and Davey realized he'd never told Koufax to his face that he was the last guy to get a hit off him. So Davey walks over to Koufax and says "Sandy, did you know I was the last person to get a hit off of you before you retired?" Sandy had known it precisely because Davey was telling everybody and their uncle about it. So, without missing a beat Sandy responds "Yeah, and when I couldn't get guys like you out, I knew it was time to retire." I don't believe Davey repeated that story that much afterward.

But Davey had some good comeback lines of his own. One time on Kiner's Korner he was asked by Ralph Kiner something along the lines of "Did you know you were the last out for the Orioles in the 1969 World Series?" Davey (with a straight face, but still sarcastic and not missing a beat): "Really? I forgot all about that!"

July 7, 2008
I am surprised no one mentioned that Davey Johnson supported trading Dykstra and McDowell because as Davey said he just got the best player in baseball in Juan Samuel.

Davey's pampering of Jefferies caused the team to become divided.

His attitude was exactly what the Mets needed when he became the manager in 1984, but that same attitude and his managing decisions led to his demise.

Bklyn Met
September 6, 2008
Well said JFK. Davey won a championship however his failure was in only getting to the WS once with that roster! He made bad decisions that would make your head hurt. He was not a great manager, he was a manager of a great team -- ONCE.

December 11, 2008
Davey gets ripped too much. His record speaks for itself.

Hank M
December 19, 2008
Davey has a very unique claim to fame. He played in the World Series against the Dodgers in 1966, the Mets in 1969 and the Reds in 1970. He later served as manager for each one of those teams. In addition, he managed the Orioles, the team for whom he played in those Series. Has any other player ever become manager for three of his World Series opponents and his own team as well? Probably not.

As Mets' manager, Davey was very successful. While at Shea, he was often a candidate for Manager of the Year. He never won it in New York, but it may not have bothered him. I remember when he said that winning that award was the 'kiss of death' for a manager's career. Interestingly, when he did win the award in Baltimore in 1997, he resigned on the same day that it was announced.

December 10, 2009
Davey will be 67 in 2010. Do you think he can be coerced for one more go? The guy has won everywhere he has gone.

January 9, 2011
In 1987, at the Oakland Coliseum, during the All-Star game workout, I jumped the rail and ran onto the field. I had Davey's book in hand and asked him to sign it. He signed it "to Tim, best wishes, Davey Johnson." He had this great big grin on his face and rubbed my head. I have pictures of that moment when I was twelve.

A side note: I also went up to Mike Schmidt because he was the nearest player and I knew that I was about to be thrown out, and asked him for his autograph. He said, "You're from the stands, so I can't sign for you." Fifteen years later, Schmidt was at a charity golf tournament signing autographs and I asked him to sign the picture "To Tim, thanks for waiting" - since it had been so long, and he refused, simply signing his name. What a jerk! He remembered the moment, but wouldn't personalize it. It signifies what a classy guy Davey was and Schmidt isn't. I hope someday I can have Davey sign the picture to me. He was the captain of my team!

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