Charles Johnson (Negro Leagues)
Johnson also filed an anti-discrimination suit against Illinois Central Railroad in the mid-1960s after he was turned down for a special agent position. Johnson won the suit and became the first African American special agent.
Johnson had a friend, legendary Negro League player Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, who helped him get into the league. Johnny Washington, a former Negro League player and friend of Johnson, said: "Duty lived on the same block as Charlie and really took a liking to him."
Johnson spent his time in the Negro League barnstorming the United States and Canada. He went on a barnstorming tour of Canada with the Texas Giants in 1930 and 1931. Johnson returned to Chicago and served as pitcher and outfielder for the Chicago American Giants.
Johnson married in 1942 and, at his wife's insistence, quit baseball in 1944. Johnson worked at various jobs until he became a porter on the Illinois Central in 1951.
- (2006, June 19). Charles Johnson, 96; Former Player in the Negro Leagues. The Los Angeles Times
- Associated Press. (2006, June 19). Negro League player Johnson dies at age 96. Belleville News Democrat
- Charles Johnson's page on "The History Makers" site
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