Jack Johnson

Like many men his age, Jack “Whitey” Johnson’s softball career began after a two year stint in the Army. Unlike many players, however, he started his softball career after playing with the Chicago White Sox in 1959, and with the old Washington Senators in 1960. A softball second baseman who also played third and first, Jack had a lifetime batting average near .700 and hit over a thousand home runs. His batting and fielding skills helped several teams win tournament, league and national titles. He helped Butch McGuires win 25 tournaments and 8 league championships at Ridge, Kelly and Clarendon Parks, and helped Aurelio’s win 10 championships. He captured the 1967 National title with the Sobies, then won the next two National championships in 1968 and ’69 with the Bobcats. Jack Johnson spent 33 years as a member of the Chicago Police Department, and is currently a member of the Cook County Sherriff Department. He lives in Tinley Park with his wife, Joanne. They have four children; George, David, Jack and Julie.