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Ernie Johnson

  • Birth 16 Jun 1924 Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 12 Aug 2011 Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Chapel of Peace Mausoleum
  • Memorial ID 74835743

Major League Baseball Player, Broadcaster. For nine seasons (1950, 1952 to 1959), he was a pitcher with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and Baltimore Orioles. Born Ernest Thorwald Johnson, he attended Brattleboro High School (Vermont) before being signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Braves in 1942. Following service with the US Marine Corps during World War II (he was a participant in the Okinawa Invasion) and several years in the Minor Leagues, he broke into the Majors on April 28th, 1950 and pitched in 16 games that season, while recording 2 wins. Primarily a relief-pitcher throughout his career, Johnson was part of two consecutive National League Pennant-winning teams and experienced a world championship as a member of the 1957 Braves. He appeared in 3 games during the 1957 Fall Classic, suffering the loss in game 6, while posting a 1.29 ERA in 7 innings pitched (series total), as Milwaukee defeated the Yankees in game 7 to capture the title. He concluded his playing career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1959, pitching in 31 games that year. In 273 regular season games, he compiled a 40 win 23 loss record, with a 3.77 lifetime ERA, in 574 innings pitched. Johnson would embark on a lengthy broadcasting career with the Braves (1962 to 1991, 1995 to 1999), accompany the franchise as they relocated to Atlanta in 1966, thus earning him the distinction of sharing an association with the team during their eras in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. He covered such monumental events in Braves' history as Hank Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth's career home run total in 1974 and Atlanta's dominance of the National League during the 1990s. Radio and TV audiences became accustom to Johnson's gentle voice and warm friendly demeanor, as he shared announcing duties at times with Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren and Don Sutton. He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2001 and named to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. His son Ernie Johnson, Jr. became a broadcaster with Turner Sports.

Bio by: C.S.





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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 12 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74835743
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ernie Johnson (16 Jun 1924–12 Aug 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74835743, citing Green Lawn Cemetery, Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .