Former batting champion Alex Johnson dies at age 72


Alex Johnson, an outfielder who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the American League batting title for the Angels in 1970, died Saturday at age 72.

A speedy, right-handed-hitting corner outfielder known much more for his bat than his glove, Johnson hit .288 with 78 homers and 113 steals in 1,322 games for eight different teams in the 1960s and 1970s.

He made the All-Star team in 1970 and went on to win the batting championship by hitting .329, marking his third straight season with a batting average above .300.

Johnson finished his career playing for his hometown Tigers and lived in Detroit after retiring.