Don Le John--1966
Yes, there really was a player in the big
leagues by the name of Don Le John.
And yes, we too did a double-take when
we saw his card, as we had a Pepe' Le
Le John would spend a decade in the
Dodgers farm system before getting his
break in 1965, appearing in 34 games
during the second half of the season,
primarily spelling 36-year-old Jim Gilliam
at third base. He would hit .256 in 83
plate appearances and strikeout in his
lone World Series at bat as the Dodgers
downed the Twins in the Fall Classic.
Unfortunately the 1965 season would be
his only year in the bigs; as we can tell
from the cartoon on the back of his 1966
cardboard that Le John’s career was
already being shifted to the coaching
box. He would manage 20 years in the
minors for the Dodgers, winning two
league championships en route to a
1,243-1,238 career record. He would
also scout for the Dodgers prior to his
passing in 2005.
Don Le John.