JAMES (POP) JOHNSON, Cincinnati, Ohio
Player/Organizer: In 1945, at age 36, James "Pop" Johnson won the National Amateur Championship. He was the Kentucky State Champion 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950. In 1974 he won the World Intermediate Championship, having a record of 7-0 and pitching 67.4% ringers. He qualified for the Men's Championship Class ten times, winning 149 games, and in 1950 and beat Ted Allen and Fernando Isais in back to back games. He best finish was in 1952, when he finished in 6th place, pitching 77.4%.
Johnson was elected NHPA Vice President in 1961 and he also served on the NHPA Hall of Fame Committee from 1960 to 1970.