Roy Johnson

Roy Cleveland Johnson (February 23, 1903 – September 10, 1973) was a left fielder/right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1929–32), Boston Red Sox (1932–35), New York Yankees (1936–37) and Boston Bees (1937–38). A native of Pryor, Oklahoma, he batted left-handed and threw right-handed. His younger brother, Indian Bob Johnson, also was a major league player.

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson
Born: February 23, 1903
Pryor, Oklahoma
Died: September 10, 1973 (aged 70)
Tacoma, Washington
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1929, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
April 27, 1938, for the Boston Bees
MLB statistics
Batting average.296
Home runs58
Runs batted in555
Career highlights and awards

Pacific Coast League

Like his brother Bob, Johnson was one-quarter Cherokee and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. Basically a contact, line-drive hitter, he was a fine outfielder with a strong throwing arm. From 1926 to 1928, he teamed with Earl Averill and Smead Jolley to give the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League one of its most feared hitting-outfields in minor league history.

Major league playing career

Johnson, who spent most of his time in the majors with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, also played in part of two seasons both for the New Yankees and Boston Bees. A four-time .300 hitter, he often finished among the American League leaders in stolen bases.

In his 1929 debut, Johnson became the first rookie in major league history to get 200 hits in a season (201) and also led the AL with 45 doubles and 640 at-bats while hitting .314 with a career-high 128 runs. In 1931, he led the AL with 19 triples and stole 33 bases.

Traded by Detroit to the Red Sox in the 1932 midseason, Johnson enjoyed three productive years with Boston hitting .313 with 95 runs batted in during 1933, following with career-highs .320 and 119 RBI in 1934, and .315 in 1935. After that, he became a part-time outfielder with the Yankees as he appeared in the 1936 World Series.

One month into the 1937 season, the Yankees lost two in a row to the Tigers. Johnson thought that manager Joe McCarthy was brooding over the losses, and snapped, "What's the guy expect to do, win every day?" In a horrible stroke of luck, McCarthy happened to overhear him. Almost as soon as he returned to the team hotel, McCarthy called general manager Ed Barrow and demanded that Johnson be waived immediately. Barrow obliged; Tommy Henrich took Johnson's spot on the roster.[1] The Boston Bees claimed Johnson off waivers, and Johnson stayed there until 1938, when he was sent to the minors. Although he rose as high as Double-A--the equivalent of Triple-A today—he would never play in the majors again.

In a ten-season career, Johnson was a .296 hitter with 58 home runs and 555 RBI in 1155 games.

Johnson died in Tacoma, Washington, at the age of 70.


Johnson holds the following Detroit Tigers records:

  • Most runs by rookie—128 (1929)
  • Most doubles by rookie—45 (1929)


See also


  1. ^ Appel, Marty (2014). Pinstripe Empire. New York: Bloomsbury USA. ISBN 9781608194926.

External links

1918 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1918 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 52 wins and 76 losses.

1930 New Mexico Lobos football team

The 1930 New Mexico Lobos football team represented the University of New Mexico as an independent during the 1930 college football season. In their 11th and final season under head coach Roy W. Johnson, the Lobos compiled a 4–5 record. Alfred Seery was the team captain. Tom Churchill was the assistant coach, and Jack McFarland was the freshman coach.Roy Johnson stepped down as football coach after the 1930 season, but he remained as the school's athletic director until 1949.

1933 Boston Red Sox season

The 1933 Boston Red Sox season was the 33rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished seventh in the American League (AL) with a record of 63 wins and 86 losses. There were five rainouts, one against the Senators and a four game series against the Chicago White Sox that was cancelled due to the remnants of the 1933 Outer Banks hurricane, which passed to the southeast of New England the third weekend of September.

1934 Boston Red Sox season

The 1934 Boston Red Sox season was the 34th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fourth in the American League (AL) with a record of 76 wins and 76 losses.

1935 Boston Red Sox season

The 1935 Boston Red Sox season was the 35th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fourth in the American League (AL) with a record of 78 wins and 75 losses. This was the Red Sox' first season with more wins than losses since 1918.

1936 New York Yankees season

The 1936 New York Yankees season was the team's 34th season in New York and its 36th season overall. The team finished with a record of 102–51, winning their 8th pennant, finishing 19.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they beat the New York Giants in 6 games.

1937 Boston Bees season

The 1937 Boston Bees season was the 67th season of the franchise. They finished the season with 79 wins and 73 losses.

1944 Chicago Cubs season

The 1944 Chicago Cubs season was the 73rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 69th in the National League and the 29th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League with a record of 75–79.

Johnson Gymnasium

Johnson Gymnasium is a 4,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the campus of the University of New Mexico. It opened in 1957 and was the home venue of the New Mexico Lobos basketball team until The Pit opened in 1966. Today, Johnson Gymnasium is the home floor for the Lobo volleyball team. The gym is named after former Lobos basketball coach, Roy Johnson.

On March 18, 2015, the arena hosted a New Mexico Lobos women's basketball game for the first time when the Lobos took on North Dakota in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. The team's normal venue, The Pit, was not available due to a conflicting Professional Bull Riders event. The Lobos won the game and advanced to the second round where they were defeated by Oral Roberts at the same venue.

Roy Johnson (1980s outfielder)

Roy Edward Johnson (June 27, 1959 – January 26, 2009) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly at center field in parts of three seasons for the Montreal Expos (1982, 1984–85). Listed at 6' 4", 205 lb., Johnson batted and threw left-handed. A native of Parkin, Arkansas, he was selected by the Expos in the 5th round of the 1980 draft out of Tennessee State University.

Johnson was a distinguished hitter in the minors, but he was not able to translate it to major league success. He hit for a .361 batting average with 90 RBI and a .561 slugging percentage for the 1982 Wichita Aeros, where he also played in 1983. Dealt to the Oakland Athletics, he played for Triple-A Tacoma Tigers during three seasons (1986–87), hitting .343 in 1986. He posted a .171 average (12-for-70) with one home run and four RBI in 36 major league games. In an eight-season minor league career, he hit .291 with 85 homers and 428 RBI in 773 games, including a .829 on-base plus slugging. He also played for the Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League and later became their hitting coach.

Johnson died at his San Francisco de Campeche home of a heart attack at the age of 49. He was buried at Jardines del Angel Cemetery, in Campeche.

Roy Johnson (boxer)

Roy Johnson (born 2 July 1948) is a Bermudian boxer. He competed in the men's light welterweight event at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Roy Johnson (disambiguation)

Roy Johnson (1903–1973) was an American baseball player.

Roy Johnson may also refer to:

Roy Johnson (1980s outfielder) (1959–2009), American baseball player

Roy Johnson (boxer) (born 1948), Bermudian boxer

Roy Johnson (pitcher) (1895–1986), American baseball pitcher and coach

Roy Johnson (trainer), thoroughbred trainer in Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Roy L. Johnson (1906–1999), four-star admiral and commander in chief of the United States Pacific Fleet

Roy P. Johnson (died 1963), Associated Press telegrapher assigned to the Fargo Forum who published an extensive series of regional history articles

Roy W. Johnson (1882–1947), Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska from 1943 to 1947

Roy W. Johnson (coach) (1892–1989), American coach, athletic director, and faculty member of the University of New Mexico

Roy Johnson (footballer) (1891–1962), Australian rules footballer

Roy Lee Johnson (born 1938), American R&B and soul songwriter, singer and guitarist

Roydel Johnson (born 1943), Jamaican musician also known as Congo Ashanti Roy

Roy Johnson (footballer)

Roy Johnson (18 July 1891 – 8 May 1962) was a former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL).He kicked a career high six goals in a win over Richmond at Princes Park in round five, 1911.

Roy Johnson (pitcher)

Roy Johnson (October 1, 1895 – January 10, 1986) was an American right-handed pitcher and longtime coach in Major League Baseball. He also was the interim manager of the Chicago Cubs for one game in 1944. He was nicknamed "Hardrock" as a minor league manager because his teams played in a tough, uncompromising way.

Born in Madill, Oklahoma, Johnson had a mediocre pitching record. In his only big league season, the war-shortened 1918 campaign, he compiled a 1–5 win–loss mark (.167) and a 3.42 earned run average in ten games and 50 innings pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics. He returned to the minor leagues as a pitcher thereafter and became a manager with Bisbee of the Class D Arizona–Texas League in 1929.

In 1935, Johnson was promoted to a coaching position with the Cubs by manager Charlie Grimm. He was associated with the Cubs for the remainder of his career as a coach (1935–39; 1944–53), minor league pilot, and scout. The Cubs won three National League pennants (1935, 1938 and 1945) during Johnson's 15 total years as a coach.

On May 3, 1944, with the Cubs having lost nine of their first ten National League games, he served as interim manager for one game, between Jimmie Wilson and Grimm's second term; Chicago lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 10–4, their tenth defeat in a row.

Johnson died at age 90 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Roy W. Johnson (coach)

Roy William Johnson (September 6, 1892 – September 20, 1989), nicknamed "Old Ironhead," was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served in various capacities in the athletics program at the University of New Mexico for nearly 40 years. He was the university's athletic director from 1920 to 1949, head football coach from 1920 to 1930, and head basketball coach from 1920 to 1931 and 1933 to 1940. He also coached New Mexico's track and tennis teams. In 1957, the university named the newly built Johnson Gymnasium in his honor.

Roydel Johnson

Roydel Anthony Johnson (born 12 April 1943), better known as Congo Ashanti Roy is a Jamaican reggae singer best known as a member of The Congos but who also recorded solo and as a member of Ras Michael's Sons of Negus.

The Congos

The Congos are a reggae vocal group from Jamaica which formed as the duo "Ashanti" Roy Johnson (tenor) (b. Roydel Johnson, 1947, Hanover, Jamaica) and Cedric Myton (falsetto) (b. 1947, Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica), later becoming a trio with the addition of Watty Burnett (baritone) (b.early 1950s, Port Antonio, Jamaica), and have been active on and off from the mid-1970s until the present day. They are best known for their Heart of the Congos album, recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry.

United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2017)

United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2017) was a two-day professional wrestling event and tournament promoted by the American-based WWE promotion, that aired exclusively on the WWE Network. The first round took place on January 14, 2017, while the finals occurred on January 15, 2017. The tournament was held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, England and crowned the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion.

William Johnson (swimmer)

William Roy Johnson (March 19, 1947 – April 22, 2005) was an American competition swimmer.

Johnson represented the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. teams in the qualifying heats of the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay and men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He did not, however, receive a medal for either event because only relay swimmers who competed in the event final were eligible to receive a medal under the 1968 swimming rules.

Johnson attended the University of Southern California (USC), and swam for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1966 to 1968. He was recognized as an All-American four times as a college swimmer.


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