Major Leaguer Lance Johnson To Discuss Baseball Playoffs

By October 2, 2016News & Events
Sports Talk

DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, mark your calendar to tune in live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Stephen Butler will host special guest Lance Johnson to discuss the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Johnson is a former University of South Alabama star, retired Major League Baseball star, and Mobile Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Also on the panel will be Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching.

Johnson, who played center field, is the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to lead both the American League and the National League in hits, and he did it in back-to-back seasons. He led the American League in hits in 1995 for the Chicago White Sox, and he led the National League in hits in 1996 for the New York Mets. Drafted originally by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984, Johnson played until 2000, ending his career with the New York Yankees.

You can view the live stream or view the program afterwards at the Academy’s YouTube site at

Sports Talk features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world, usually in a panel-discussion forum with Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy, serving as moderator.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or