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Ernie Johnson (Pitcher)
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Baseball Player
    (June 16, 1924-August 12, 2011)
    Born in Brattleboro, Vermont
    Pitcher for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1950, 1953-1958) and the Baltimore Orioles (1959)
    Color commentator/radio and TV play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1962-1999)
    Inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame (2001)
    Father of broadcaster Ernie Johnson, Jr.
    Died following a long illness at age 87
    He gave up the pitch for Hank Bauer's Game 6 winning home run during the 1957 World Series.
    Also in the 1957 World Series, he struck out in his only World Series at-bat.
    He had a 5-7 losing record in the 1955 season.
    Despite being associated with the Braves, he retired from his major league playing career with a losing Orioles team.
    He named his son after himself.
    He served in World War II as a U.S. Marine.
    He led the Braves pitchers with 175 relief appearances (35 average per season) during the team's first five years in Milwaukee (1953-1957).
    He was instrumental with the 1957 World Series winning Braves team.
    He is considered an icon in Atlanta.
    He was married to his wife, Lois, for over 60 years until his death.

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