Hank Johnson
Born: (1906-05-21)May 21, 1906
Bradenton, Florida
Died: August 20, 1982(1982-08-20) (aged 76)
Bradenton, Florida
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1925, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1939, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record63–56
Earned run average4.75
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion (1928)

Henry Ward Johnson (May 21, 1906 – August 20, 1982) was a pitcher who played in Major League Baseball between the 1925 and 1939 seasons. Listed at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m), 175 pounds (79 kg), 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 (1925–26, 1928–32) before joining the Boston Red Sox (1933–35), Philadelphia Athletics (1936) and Cincinnati Reds (1939). 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 106613 innings of work.

Johnson was a good hitting pitcher in his major league career. He compiled a .215 batting average (81-for-376) with 48 runs, 2 home runs and 32 RBIs.

After baseball Johnson was in auto sales and county constable.[1] He died in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida at age 76.[1]


  1. ^ a b Nowlin, Bill. "Hank Johnson". sabr.org. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 10, 2020.