Russell Conwell Johnson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 172 lb.
- School Ursinus College
- High School Ursinus College High School
- Debut June 27, 1916
- Final Game May 25, 1928
- Born October 9, 1894 in Parker Ford, PA USA
- Died December 6, 1950 in Montgomery County, PA USA
" . . . for him a professorship in Chemistry in some large university." - the prediction in the Ursinus College yearbook as to what would happen to Jing Johnson after college (the yearbook also predicted he would play for the Athletics)
Johnson was a star pitcher at Ursinus College, and graduated with honors in chemistry.
Johnson and Connie Mack engaged in a salary dispute in 1920, which resulted in Jing leaving baseball for seven years.
Said Mack: "I don't blame him for quitting professional baseball if he can make more money in other ways." (TSN, 3/4/1920). Johnson made more money as a research chemist at Bethlehem Steel, coached at Lehigh University (1926-1928), and also played semi-pro ball in the interim.
In 1927, Mack finally gave in to Johnson's salary demands.
Later in life, he was athletic director at Ursinus (as well as coaching the baseball team some years) and in 1935 president of the Middle Atlantic College Athletic Conference.
After World War II he worked for the Veterans Administration and ran an appliance store with his nephew. He died in an auto accident in a rural area near Pottstown, PA.
Main source: SABR biography of Jing Johnson.