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The Johnson-Angelos Saga

Peter G. Angelos
Davey Johnson
In two seasons under Davey Johnson, the Orioles went 195-148, with two playoff appearances and one LCS appearance. But a bitter feud with Peter G. Angelos, the team's majority owner, led to Johnson's resignation after the 1997 season.

Davey Johnson Profile
  • Hired by O's in October 1995
  • Was 195-148 With Orioles
  • 1997 Manager of the Year
  • .575 lifetime winning percentage
  • Won 1986 World Series With New York Mets
  • Johnson Resigns by Fax
    Hours before being named the American League Manager of the Year on Nov. 5, 1997, Davey Johnson faxed a resignation letter to O's majority owner Peter Angelos.

  • Chronology of the Feud
  • Players, Fans Upset About Resignation
  • Johnson's Resignation, Angelos' Acceptance Letters
  • Johnson Quotes From Manager of the Year Teleconference
  • Johnson's Career Managerial Record

    A Dangling Man Cuts His Losses
    Tony Kornheiser Majority owner Peter Angelos seemed to take unusual joy in leaving Davey Johnson out to dry. The move may come back to haunt him, writes Post columnist Tony Kornheiser.

    Exiting Gracefully
    Thomas Boswell Rather than groveling, Davey Johnson chose the proud, classy route and was rewarded with silence, writes Thomas Boswell.

    Poor Communication at the Heart of Feud
    Before his resignation, Davey Johnson's .575 winning percentage was the highest among active managers. His teams have finished first or second in their division in each of his 10 full seasons in the majors. Yet, still, he was fired by the Mets and Reds and forced out by the Orioles.

    The Johnsons: Not Your Traditional Couple

    File Photo
    Most baseball wives attract less attention than the guys who roll out the tarp during rain delays. But not Susan Johnson, wife of ex-Oriole manager Davey Johnson (pictured). Twice in the past four years she has been at the center of controversy between Johnson and his employer. The latest incident occurred when Johnson told Roberto Alomar to direct a fine to the charity Susan works for — something team owner Peter Angelos considered gross misconduct, leading to Johnson's departure.

    © Copyright 1998

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