Happy Reds birthday, Davey Johnson!
January 30, 1943
Davey Johnson has one of the craziest single-season power surges in history. His career high in home runs was 18 until 1973, when he erupted for 43 round trippers. He leveled out again the next season, hitting 15 homers. He was a four-time All-Star player and three-time Gold Glover, playing for the Orioles, Braves, Phillies, and Cubs. His big league playing career ended in 1978, but he was back in the dugout in 1984 as the skipper for the New York Mets, who he led to the World Championship in 1986. He managed the Reds from 1993 to 1995, taking them to the top of their division in 1994 and 1995. He has also managed the Orioles, Dodgers, and Nationals. In seventeen seasons, his team has only finished lower than second three times.