Earl Johnson (baseball)

Earl Douglas Johnson (April 2, 1919 – December 3, 1994) was an American professional baseball player and scout and a decorated World War II veteran. He was a left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.[1][2] Johnson, who was nicknamed the "smiling Swedish southpaw", had a brother Chet who also pitched in the major leagues for the St. Louis Browns.[3] He was born in Redmond, Washington.

Earl Johnson
Earl Johnson 1949.jpg
Born: (1919-04-02)April 2, 1919
Redmond, Washington
Died: December 4, 1994(1994-12-04) (aged 75)
Seattle, Washington
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 20, 1940, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 3, 1951, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Earned run average4.30

Army lifeEdit

Earl Johnson was also famous for being a World War II veteran, having served with the Army 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. He enlisted in December 1941 and during that time he was awarded a Silver and Bronze Star and was commissioned a lieutenant.

On the bronze star it read:

On September 30, 1944, in Germany, during heavy concentration of hostile fire, a friendly truck was struck by an enemy shell and had to be abandoned. The fact that the vehicle contained vital radio equipment made it imperative that it be recovered before falling into enemy hands. Sergeant Earl Johnson and several other members of his unit were assigned to this hazardous mission. They courageously braved severe hostile fire and were completely successful in dragging the vehicle over an area in plain view of the enemy

— Bronze Star

Major League BaseballEdit

Johnson's debut was on July 20, 1940. For eight years, Johnson pitched for the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers. He also pitched two years at Saint Mary's College of California and four years in the minor leagues (three at AAA). For over 44 years, he was associated with the Red Sox as a player and scout, and during his time, he was affiliated in signing some players such as Ted Bowsfield, Mike Garman and Steve Lyons. His final game was on June 3, 1951. At the age of 75, he died in Seattle, Washington.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Earl Johnson – BR Bullpen". Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  2. ^ Baseball-Reference.com. "Earl Johnson Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com". Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  3. ^ "Earl Johnson – Baseball Library". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2008-02-19.

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