Born January 24, 1913 in Evergreen, Alabama; Joshua “Josh” Johnson spend most of his nine year Negro League baseball career as a back-up for the great Josh Gibson. The 6’1, 195 lbs. former college football player (Cheyney State) had a strong arm and hit with some power. The big catcher played not only for the Homestead Grays (1934 - 1935, 1939 – 1941), but also the Cincinnati Tigers (1936 and 1937), and the New York Black Yankees (1938 and 1942). After serving in the military beginning when the 1942 season ended, Johnson worked as a teacher and education administer. He never returned to Negro League baseball.