Johnston Hot Streak in 1923 Sets Record

In light of Rafael Furcal's remarkable 14-for-16 effort, they say when a hitter goes on a hot streak, the says he is "seeing the ball good." Over the Dodgers 106-year history, a number of players not only have seen it good, they have hit it good. But none have had a six-game streak like 33-year-old Jimmy Johnston in 1923.

A versatile infielder, Johnston played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1916 through 1925 and recorded a .298 average over ten years and 1,266 games that included pennants in 1916 and 1923.

In 1923 he rolled into the month of June hitting over .300, after recording averages of .325 in 1921 and .319 in 1922. On June 14 he was hitting .332 but over the next eight days he slumped and managed only 6 hits in 33 at-bats and his average dipped to .312.

After going 1-for-7 in a doubleheader against the Phillies in Ebbets Field, manager Wilbert Robinson considered putting him on the bench for a while, hoping he rest would help him regain his batting eye.

But Johnston played and got a hit in two trips, starting a remarkable streak that has never been equalled in the history of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles franchise.

Facing the Phillies again the following day, he banged out four singles and a double in five trips. Then, after a rainout in Philadelphia, Johnston?s Louisville Slugger went white-hot, giving him a total of 23 hits in 28 trips to the plate, an amazing .821 average.

Included in the six game barrage were two three-hit games, three four-hit games and a five-hit game as well as seven doubles, a triple and two homers. Moving to the Polo Grounds on July 1, Johnston was hitless in two trips but after a rainout and an open date, he had three more hits against the Boston Braves in the first game of a double header on July 4th.

During those nine games, the streak expanded to 27 hits in 36 trips, a .750 average, and boosted his .312 mark of June 23 to .367 a pickup of 53 points in just about a week.

He was 1-for-5 in the second game against the Braves, hitless in the following contest and then cooled off as the team moved deeper into July. He finished the season with a .325 average, his third and final .300 season in his 13-year major league career.

Deducting the exceptional nine games in late June and early July, Johnson?s average was 176-for-589, .299, almost exactly his career mark with the Dodgers.

The start of the streak: 77-for-247 .312
June 24  Philadelphia 1-for-2
June 25  Philadelphia 5-for-5
June 26  rain
June 27  at Philadelphia 3-for-4 
June 28  at Philadelphia 4-for-4 
June 29  at Philadelphia 3-for-6 
June 30  at Philadelphia (gm 1) 4-for-5 
         at Philadelphia (gm 2) 4-for-4 
           (23-for-28 .821)
July 1   New York  0-for-2
July 2   open
July 3   rain
July 4   Boston (gm 1)  3-for-4 

 Nine games: 27-for-36 .587

 Average after July 4 game, .367