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Lance Johnson
Major League Baseball Player (Retired)
Saint Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees

Honorary Class of 1992

How has Triton College made an impact on your life?
Triton College has played a very important role in my life. It simply prepared me to make the right decisions to become a successful and productive adult. Triton College taught me how to work hard as well as to surround myself with good people in order to become successful and I will never forget those lessons. Thank you very much, Triton College!

Lance Johnson played baseball at Triton College from 1981 to 1983 in the same outfield as the late Kirby Puckett. Johnson was awarded an honorary degree from the college in 1992 and was inducted into the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame alongside Puckett and fellow major leaguer, Jeff Reboulet.

Following his time at Triton, Johnson attended the University of South Alabama where he studied business finance and played baseball as a junior. He was drafted in the 1984 amateur draft in the 6th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He broke into the big leagues in July of 1987.

Johnson had enjoyed an extensive 12-year career in the major leagues having played for teams including the St. Louis Cardinals (1987), Chicago White Sox (1988-1995), New York Mets (1996-1997), Chicago Cubs (1997-1999) and New York Yankees (2000).

Johnson’s career accomplishments include being one of a few players in history to lead both the American and National Leagues in triples during his career; being one of a few players to lead the league in triples as many as five times and being selected to the All-Star team in 1996 during his time with the Mets.

Johnson credits one of his personal achievements as being adopted by the Prignano family (Tony and Jo) as their son and the Prignano’s loving him to this date! Johnson says, “You can't beat that with a baseball bat.”

He currently resides in Alabama with his family.