Darron Johnson started 1990 slow for short-season Eugene. But on this night in July, he put it all together, according to The Eugene Register-Guard.
He did so by hitting a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to give his team a one-run victory, The Register-Guard wrote.
"I just wanted to hit it hard," Johnson told The Register-Guard afterward. "I did this same thing, hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, last year. This one, this is the one I'll remember."
Johnson hit those grand slams in his second and third seasons as a pro. That season with Eugene was his third season, he didn't get to come back and try for a fourth.
Johnson's career began in 1987, taken by the Royals in the 11th round of the draft out of Santa Fe Community College in Florida.
Johnson stated with the Royals in 1988 in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .250 in 54 games. He then returned there for 1989 and hit .273 over 40 appearances.
He then played 1990 at Eugene. He got into 42 games, hit two home runs. He was hitting just .057 when he hit that mid-July grand slam and ended with a .171 average to end his career.
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