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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

William "Judy" Johnson Park

William "Judy" Johnson Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
1. William "Judy" Johnson Park Marker
Inscription.  Regarded as one of the best third basemen to have played in the Negro Leagues, William Julius "Judy" Johnson (1899-1989) grew up nearby on the west side of Delamore Place. During his youth, Johnson played baseball at various sand lots in the city, including one located between 2nd and 3rd Streets and DuPont and Clayton Streets. Johnson was a member of the Hilldale Giants, Homestead Grays, and Pittsburgh Crawfords during his outstanding career (1921-1937). He also served as captain of the 1935 champion Crawfords, a team which included future Hall of Famers Satchel Paige, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell. Upon retiring as a player at the close of the 1937 season, Johnson served as a spring training coach and scout for several major league baseball teams including the Phillies, Dodgers, and Braves. In 1975, he became the first Delawarean elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and shortly thereafter, the park located here was renamed in his honor.
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-212.)
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William "Judy" Johnson Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
2. William "Judy" Johnson Park
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list: Sports. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Location. 39° 44.751′ N, 75° 34.172′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Clayton Street, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street. Marker is to west of Clayton Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tilton Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kosciuszko Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Hedwig's R.C. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Tilton Mansion (approx. half a mile away); St. Anthony of Padua (approx. half a mile away); General Casimir Pulaski (approx. 0.6 miles away); A City’s Growing Demand for Water (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cool Spring Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Also see . . .  Judy Johnson - Baseball Hall of Fame. (Submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on March 19, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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Oct. 3, 2022