National Baseball Hall of Fame
April 13, 2012
By all accounts, Johnson was a black Brooks Robinson -- a quiet, unassuming third baseman in the Negro leagues whose gifted hands landed him in the Hall of Fame. A native of Snow Hill, he played 15 years and led all hitters in the 1924 World Series (.341). Johnson batted .376 in 1929 but earned more praise for his fielding. Connie Mack told him, "If you were a white man, you could name your own price."