• Baseball
  • 1990
  • Athlete

Donald Johnson (D)

It was inevitable that the combination of a partial moniker like “Walter Johnson” and a birthplace named Marysville would lead the lad they called “Donnie” to the sport of baseball.

He was an occasional pitcher, but he was best known as a superb catcher and slugger with performances proficient enough to merit a minor league professional contract from the Brooklyn Dodgers. He starred for the Marysville Junior Maroons and Senior Royals, -- and assisted both in winning four championships.

A back injury eliminated any opportunity he had to make a career out of baseball. And so, in 1960, he turned to umpiring where he was quickly acknowledged as one of the best and fairest.

He’s living proof of Joe McCarthy’s contention: “Give a boy a bat and ball and a place to play and you’ll have a good citizen”. To which we add: “and a Hall of Fame athlete!”

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 2nd, 1990.

Quick Facts

  • Helped lead the Marysville Maroons to a NB Junior championship in 1943
  • Helped the Marysville Royals to provincial titles in 1947, ‘48 and ’55
  • Named to the NB Senior Baseball League all-star team as a third baseman in 1957-58; won batting title with a .415 average in ’57
  • Retired from playing in 1960 to become an umpire
  • Attended a Brooklyn Dodgers training camp in 1949
  • Umpired the NBSBL finals in 1966 and the first-ever Canada Summer Games in 1969
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