One of the premier third baseman Negro League history, Judy Johnson was an outstanding fielder and a clutch hitter during his playing career that spanned from 1923-1937.
Johnson broke in with the Hilldale Club of the Eastern Colored League as a 23-year old. In 1924 his second season, Johnson hit .336 to lead Hilldale to the pennant.
The following season he was even better. Johnson hit a career-high and a return World Series matchup against the Kansas City Monarchs. This time Johnson and Hilldale were crowned champions.
Johnson led the league in hits in both 1926 and ’29. In the nine-year run from 1924-1932 the third baseman hit .335.
Blessed with a strong and accurate arm and good range Johnson was also an outstanding fielder. The line drive hitter was one of the finest all-around third baseman in league history.
His greatness was recognized by his induction to the Hall of Fame in 1975.
In the collection is a handwritten letter from Judy Johnson from 1975. Johnson informs a collector that he’s, “out of pictures just now. Should I get more, I’ll surely send you one.” Johnson then thanks the collector before signing off, “Yours in sports,” and penning his name.
For prints of this; K.O.Simms’ acrylic painted Tribute to William ” Judy” Johnson used above , please visit his artist website @ k-o-simms-simms.pixels.com