George Johnson (baseball)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
George Johnson
Born: (1890-04-20)April 20, 1890
San Marcos, Texas, U.S.
Died: October 28, 1943(1943-10-28) (aged 52)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Negro league baseball debut
1918, for the Hilldale Club
Last appearance
1931, for the Bacharach Giants
Career statistics
Batting average.287
Home runs20
Runs batted in150
Stolen bases32
Career highlights and awards

George Washington "Dibo" Johnson (April 20, 1890 – August 6, 1940) was an American baseball outfielder in the Negro leagues.

On July 6, 1918, Johnson broke his leg in a game.[2] However, he would play baseball for the next decade. He played from 1918 to 1931, playing mostly with the Hilldale Club. He led the Eastern Colored League in home runs (eight), runs batted in (46), and stolen bases (13) in 1923 while batting .352. He batted .328 in 1925.[3]

He participated in Negro league baseball history by playing the club in the second-ever postseason series held between black baseball teams in 1921. Hilldale was matched against the Chicago American Giants, champions of the "West" and the Negro National League. Johnson would hit a home run in both Game 4 and 5, making him the first player to hit home runs in consecutive Negro league postseason games; Hilldale would win the Series after defeating Chicago three games to two (with one tie).[4][5] With the bases loaded and leading by three in Game 6 of the 1925 Colored World Series, Johnson caught the final out of the 1925 Colored World Series in center field, clinching the first and only Negro World Series title for Hilldale.[6]


  1. ^ "With Taber on Mound Chester Beats Hilldale" Chester Times, Chester, PA, Tuesday, July 29, 1924, Page 6, Column 1
  2. ^ "Santop, Williams and Tom Williams" Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, July 17, 1918, Page 11, Column 3
  3. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  4. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Chicago American Giants (CAG) 5, Hilldale Giants (HIL) 5".
  5. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Hilldale Giants (HIL)15, Chicago American Giants (CAG) 5".
  6. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Hilldale Giants (HIL) 5, Kansas City Monarchs (KCM) 2".

External links[edit]