Subject(s): Judy Johnson
Location: Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, Wilmington, DL
Sculptor: Phil Sumpter
Status: In Situ
Plaque: WILLIAM JULIUS "JUDY" JOHNSON. October 26, 1899 - June 15, 1989. A resident of Delaware for nearly seventy-five years, Judy Johnson was considered the finest third baseman of his day in the Negro Leagues. After attending Howard High School, he played with the Hilldale Club, Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords between 1923 and 1936. A consistent .300 hitter, Judy hit .416 in 1929. Judy was the captain of the 1935 champion Crawfords team which also included Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson and Oscar Charleston. Following his playing career, Judy remained involved in the game he loved as a coach, scout and mentor. Judy Johnson was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. "The memory of those fellows I will never forget. They were quite a team. We had a lot of fun. There were some sad days, too. But there was always sun shining someplace. So that was what we looked forward to, the big days, the best days." Judy Johnson, on the 1935 Crawfords.