The University of Maryland lost one of its athletic stars on August 12, 2012, with the passing of Edwin Roberts Johnson, Class of 1939. Johnson starred in both basketball and baseball while a student at UMD and also served as student government president during his senior year. Following graduation, Johnson spent two years in the New York Yankees’ farm system, but never made it to the big leagues.
Edwin Johnson had another special connection to major league baseball. He was the son of Walter Johnson, a star pitcher for the Washington Senators from 1907 to 1927 whom many baseball historians consider to be one of professional baseball’s greatest hurlers. He led the Senators to their only World Series appearance in 1924 and was one of the first five players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame when it was established in 1936.
Walter Johnson did the Terps the honor of throwing out the first pitch of the season that year, a landmark event in Maryland athletic history.
The University of Maryland Archives sends its condolences to the family of Edwin Roberts Johnson. Read the full obituary here.