Date and Place of Birth: August 30, 1918 Montclair, New Jersey
Died: June 20, 2006 Augusta, Georgia
Position: Third Base
Military Unit: 87th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
William R “Billy” Johnson was born in
Johnson remained with the
Johnson worked in a war plant job during the
winter months and passed his pre-induction physical examination at
In August 1945, he returned home and enjoyed a
40-day furlough with his family in
Johnson returned to the Yankees in 1946 and was
an All-Star third baseman in 1947. He appeared in the 1947, 1949 and
1950 World Series and was traded to the Cardinals in 1951. He played
his last season in the majors with
Johnson worked for the Graniteville Company as a
shipping supervisor and retired after nearly 30 years of service.
Billy Johnson passed away on June 20, 2006 in
Thanks to Lamar Garrard for suggesting the inclusion of
Bill Johnson to me at the Duty, Honor, Country: Baseball in Wartime
conference in New Orleans.
Thanks to Lamar Garrard for suggesting the inclusion of Bill Johnson to me at the Duty, Honor, Country: Baseball in Wartime conference in New Orleans.
Created November 14, 2007. Updated December 7, 2009.
Copyright © 2007 Gary Bedingfield (Baseball in Wartime). All Rights Reserved.