Monday, June 19, 2006

Charles Johnson, 96; Former Player in the Negro Leagues


LA Times | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
June 19, 2006 Charles Johnson, 96, a former Negro League player who was credited with helping to pave the way for blacks to play in the major leagues, died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer.

After his playing career, Johnson worked to push major league baseball to offer pensions to former Negro League players. He also won an anti-discrimination lawsuit against Illinois Central Railroad in the mid-1960s after he was turned down for a special agent position, said his friend Steve Kirby.

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