Johnny Washington

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Johnny Washington (born April 20, 1930) played for the Chicago American Giants and the Houston Eagles in baseball's Negro League.

Washington was born in Chicago and attended that city's Morgan Park High School, graduating in 1949.

In 1951 Washington joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Korea. He played on the Marine's national championship baseball team in 1952.

Washington received two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. Doctors advised him to abandon baseball because of injuries he received during military service. He continued to play in minor leagues until 1959 and in the Chicago and Midwest League until 1963.

He was present at the 111th Birthday celebration from pre-Negro League player Silas Simmons October 14, 2006, in Florida.

External links[edit]

The Official Website of Johnny "LEFTY" Washington: