- Series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
- City: Chicago
- Team: Columbia Giants
- League: Independent
George “Chappie” Johnson (1877-1949) was a popular and talented catcher for the early Negro teams. His playing days ended just as the “Negro Major Leagues” began @1920. Johnson broke color barriers with several teams for whom he could not play but valued his expertise as coach and trainer, especially in spring training.
- Innovated shin guards at his position
- Owned and managed several successful teams such as the Dayton Chappies
- A skilled handler of pitchers, Johnson was a mainstay for many of the top Black clubs