Clifford Johnson Jr.
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Connie Johnson, who pitched in the major leagues and negro leagues, died on Nov. 25, 2004 in Kansas City. He was 81.
He was 30 years old when he made it to the major leagues and, in five seasons, posted a 40-39 record with a 3.44 ERA in 716 innings.
He pitched his first professional game in 1940 when he was just 17 years old in Stone Mountain, Ga. At 18 years old, he was pitching in the East-West All-Star game of the Negro Leagues.
In 1942, he was a member of the Kansas City Monarch pitching staff that included Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith, both Hall of Famers.
In 1943, he joined the military during World War II and his baseball career was put on hold.
His pitching career returned him to the Negro Leagues and then to Canada in 1951 before the Chicago White Sox purchased his contract.
He finished with a 4-4 record for the White Sox in 1953 and a 7-4 record in 1955. After pitching in five games for the White Sox in 1956, he was traded in May to the Balitmore Orioles, along with Mike Fornieles, George Kelle and Bob Nieman, for Jim Wilson and Dave Philly.
His best season came in 1957, at the age of 34, when he posted a 14-11 record for Orioles with a 3.20 ERA in 242 innings pitched.
Sources: Kansas City Star obituary (12/1/2004)