|1976 Shakey's Pizza Judy Johnson.|
There aren't great stats available for all the years of the Negro Leagues, so I won't comment on his hitting. Johnson was known as a great defensive third baseman and a leader on the field. After retiring as a player, he did work in some capacities for MLB clubs, mainly as a scout. He was responsible for signing Bill Bruton, whom I've posted about a few times, and who later became Johnson's son-in-law.
|1976 Shakey's Pizza Judy Johnson card back.|
|Baseball Immortals Judy Johnson.|
My school bus sometimes went past Judy Johnson park in Wilmington. When Wilmington built a minor league stadium in the early 90s, there was some pressure to name it after him. Instead, they named it Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, after the (white) mayor who wanted it built. They did compromise and name the field after Johnson. So we have the complicated name, Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium. The stadium is home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, a Royals Class-A affiliate.