Year Inducted – 1994

He was the lefthanded counterpart of a dominating pair of West High School athletes. Jimmie and his cousin Bobby Nash (1982 Famer) ruled the area sports picture during the 30’s. Jimmie pitched and played first base for the Akron Jays, Stembridge All-Stars and the Avery A.C. When Bobby Nash opted to attend Toledo University instead of trying out for the Pittsburgh Crawfords of the National Negro League, Jimmie took his place and made the team. He was known as “Schoolboy Johnson.” He played 4 seasons with “Cool Papa Bell”, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Jimmie Crutchfield and other great players. Following his time with the Crawfords, he joined the Monterrey Club in the Mexican Professional Baseball League. A shoulder injury concluded his career in Mexico, after several successful seasons. He was truly a gifted pitcher having a blazing fast ball and blessed with great control. He appeared in the All-Star games in Mexico City on two occasions.