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Dicta Johnson

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Dicta Johnson
Spitball Pitcher
Born: (1887-06-29)June 29, 1887
Elizabethtown, Illinois
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Louis "Dicta" Johnson (born June 29, 1887) was an American spitball pitcher[2] in Negro league baseball and during the pre-Negro league years. He played from 1908 until 1923, mostly for the Indianapolis ABCs[1] and the Chicago American Giants.

1910 St. Paul Gophers

In 1910 and 1911, Johnson followed many of his fellow Chicago players to the St. Paul Colored Gophers team, which became the Twin Cities Gophers in 1911. There he would play with Candy Jim Taylor, William Binga, Mule Armstrong, Sherman Barton, Johnny Davis and future College Football Hall of Fame legend Bobby Marshall.

In 1913, Johnson pitched a no-hitter for the Chicago American Giants.[5]

Johnson pitched for the 183rd Infantry Team in 1918.

In 1922 he managed the Pittsburgh Keystones, and in 1923 he managed the Toledo Tigers, acting as a player-coach for the Tigers.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Mohawks Play A.B.C.'s" Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, Sunday, July 12, 1914, Page 3, Column 7
  2. ^ a b "Ottos Will Face Real Pitcher Here Sunday" Logansport Pharos-Reporter, Logansport, IN, Tuesday, April 24, 1917, Page 5, Columns 2 and 3
  3. ^ "Giants Walk Away With 183rd Bacon" Rockford Morning Star, Rockford, Illinois, Sunday, May 12, 1918, Page 25, Column 6
  4. ^ "A.B.C.s Win and Lose" Cleveland Gazette, Cleveland, Ohio,, Saturday, August 28, 1920, Page 3, Column 4
  5. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  6. ^ "Dicta Johnson - Seamheads.com Negro Leagues Database Powered by The Baseball Gauge". Seamheads.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.

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