Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bill Johnson

William V. Johnson


Born:
February 22, 1903
Newberry, MI

Died:
February 1969
Newberry, MI


Career

Michigan State College (College) Did he play??
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)

From Newberry, Michigan. Supposedly played basketball at Michigan State, but it looks like he only played football and baseball there. He does not appear on MSU's all-time letterwinner list. After leaving Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), he played semi-pro baseball in Manistique for two years before being signed by the Detroit Tigers. He went down with the team to August, Georgia, to workout with the club in spring of 1925. However, he did not make the club.

I have seen other sources claim he is a William Johnson (1903-1988) but articles state he is from Newberry, Michigan, which would lead to the William V. Johnson listed here.

Source:
Detroit Free Press, December 9, 1925

Stats:
http://probasketballencyclopedia.com/player/Bill-Johnson/


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