Johnson, Judy

William Julius Johnson
Born: October 26, 1899, Snow Hill, Maryland
Died: June 14, 1989, Wilmington, Delaware
Played For: 
Bacharach Giants (1918), Madison Stars (1919-1921), Hilldale Daisies (1921-1929, 1931-1932), Homestead Grays (1930, 1937), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932-1936)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 1975

A sure-handed third baseman from the sandlots of Delaware, Judy Johnson was a key member of some of the greatest teams in Negro league history. Though he had little power, he was a skilled contact hitter who consistently batted .300 or better. In the inaugural Negro World Series in 1924, he led the Hilldale club with a .341 average. A smart, soft-spoken and well-respected player, Johnson later served as team captain of the mid-1930s Pittsburgh Crawfords, perhaps the Negro leagues' greatest dynasty.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that as a Major League scout, Judy Johnson helped to sign future big league stars Dick Allen and Bill Bruton, with Bruton later becoming Johnson's son-in-law?
I love to teach baseball. I'd rather do it than anything. It's like putting a seed in the ground; you like to watch it develop.