Charles Edward Johnson Jr. was the first Black Miami Player.
Charles Edward Johnson
Charles Edward Johnson Jr. is a retired professional baseball player from the United States. He was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins (1994–1998, 2001–2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998), Baltimore Orioles (1999–2000), Chicago White Sox (2000), Colorado Rockies (2003), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004). (2005).
Johnson grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida, and attended Fort Pierce Westwood High School, where he later received his high school diploma. During the 1989 MLB Draft, he was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round.
He didn’t sign and instead enrolled at the University of Miami, where he played baseball for the Miami Hurricanes (now the Miami Hurricanes). In the first round of the 1992 MLB Draft, the Florida Marlins selected him.
In 1993, he played for the AA Portland Sea Dogs and the A-level Kane County Cougars.
Johnson joined Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, and Sandy Alomar, Jr. as the only other catchers in Major League history to win a Gold Glove Award in their debut season, in 1995. In spite of the fact that he had an unimpressive attacking record, he was able to compensate for it with his exceptional defensive abilities.
Charles Edward Johnson Career
Johnson had a.245 batting average, 167 home runs, 570 RBI, and a.993 fielding percentage during the course of a 12-year major league career. His fielding percentage of.993 puts him 16th in major league history.
Johnson topped the National League’s catchers in fielding percentage on two occasions and in baserunners caught stealing and assists on one occasion. Only Iván Rodrguez threw out more baserunners than he did during his playing career, at 39 percent. He was a two-time All-Star and won a World Series during his illustrious career.