Hank Johnson

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1906 – 1982


Who was Hank Johnson?

Henry Ward Johnson was a pitcher who played in Major League Baseball between the 1925 and 1939 seasons. Listed at 5 ft 11 in, 175 lb, Johnson batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Bradenton, Florida.

Johnson entered the majors in 1925 with the New York Yankees, playing for them seven years before joining the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and Cincinnati Reds. He divided his playing time as a starter, middle reliever, and occasional closer during a career hampered by illness. His most productive years came with the Yankees, winning 14 games in 1928 and 1930 and 13 in 1931. But he developed a chronic bursitis that eventually ended his career.

In a 12-season career, Johnson posted a 63–56 record with 568 strikeouts and a 4.75 ERA in 249 appearances, including 116 starts, 45 complete games, four shutouts, 11 saves and 1066⅓ innings of work.

Johnson died in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida at age 76.

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May 21, 1906
Lived in
  • Bradenton
Aug 20, 1982

on July 23, 2013


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