Don LeJohn

Donald Everett LeJohn (May 13, 1934 in Daisytown, Pennsylvania – February 25, 2005 in California, Pennsylvania) was a Major League Baseball third baseman and Minor League Baseball manager during his long career in professional baseball.

LeJohn was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and played in the minor leagues through 1971 with various Dodgers affiliates. He was a minor league All-Star in 1954, 1955 and 1964. He made one stop in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1965 and had one at-bat as a pinch-hitter in the World Series that year.

He started managing as a player/manager with the Tri-City Atoms in the Northwest League in 1967 and continued to manage in the Dodgers farm system for 20 years after he finished playing.

The teams he managed:

  • Tri-City Atoms (1967–1968)
  • Bakersfield Dodgers (1969–1972)
  • Waterbury Dodgers (1973–1976)
  • San Antonio Dodgers (1977–1982)
  • Lodi Dodgers (1983)
  • Bakersfield Dodgers (1984, 1986)

He finished with a career managerial record of 1243-1238, and he won two league championships.

At the age of 19, LeJohn married Irene Yvonne Huber. They had three sons: Donald LeJohn, Leslie Scott LeJohn and Jody LeJohn. He was a grandfather of seven grandchildren: Matthew, Lauren, Jamie, Scott Michael, Renah, Alexa and Julia.

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