Byron Johnson (baseball)
|Byron "Mex" Johnson|
September 16, 1911|
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Died: September 24, 2005
Byron Johnson (September 16, 1911 – September 24, 2005), also known as Mex Johnson, was a baseball player in the Negro League. His nickname came from a hat he wore as a child which looked like a sombrero.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, he began his Negro League career in 1937 as a shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs and stayed with the Monarchs until his retirement in 1940. He also was on the road team the Monarchs called the Satchel Paige All Stars from 1939 to 1940.
He was known as one of the best defensive players of his time.
Johnson accomplishments as a player included being selected as a member of the Negro League East-West All-Star team in 1938. His biography is detailed by Jan Sumner in "Legacy of a Monarch".
His family has established a website in honor of Johnson and his wife and their years of community service after his life in baseball.