Soft-spoken Judy Johnson was the cornerstone of more than one championship team. His sharp fielding skills, consistently high batting average, and uncanny ability to produce runs made him the most valuable player in the lineup of the powerful Hilldale club during the 1920s. Many of Johnson's top performances were given in championship competition. Playing with the HIlldales against the Kansas City Monarchs in the first Negro League World Series in 1924 he hit for a .341 average.
After a short stint with the Homestead Grays in 1930 Johnson took over the hot corner for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, joining future Hall-Of-Famers Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston on the roster of the most powerful club in Negro League history. In his five seasons with the Crawfords he consistently turned in a .300+ batting average while contributing his legendary defensive skills.
Johnson was elected to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1975.