Pollitt: Remembering Negro Leagues star Judy Johnson, ‘an amazing guy’

From Richard Pollitt at Delmarva Now on February 25, 2019:

In 1971, a trip from Wilmington to Cooperstown, New York, forever changed the life of James Knott.

He had been asked by his neighbor, William Julius “Judy” Johnson, to drive the two to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Johnson, who lived less than half a mile down the road from Knott, was known as the kind, older gentleman who had played baseball back in the day — nothing too uncommon in the upper Delaware area.

“We all played ball,” Knott said. “It’s something everyone does growing up.”

But when the two arrived, Knott discovered the true identity of his friend and neighbor.

“They were hollering to him, and I thought, ‘Who is this man?’” Knott said. “That’s when I realized this man was a great baseball player. The magnitude of his abilities, I had no idea. He was a legend.”

Read the full article here: https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/sports/2019/02/25/an-amazing-guy-remembering-negro-league-legend-judy-johnson/2930441002/

Originally published: February 26, 2019. Last Updated: February 26, 2019.