Brattleboro's Ernie Johnson Inducted Into Georgia Sports Hall Of Fame

The accomplishment marks the fifth hall of fame in which Johnson has been inducted, but I digress.

Born June 16, 1924 in Brattleboro, or as he calls it, "God's country," Ernest Thorwald Johnson's parents were Swedish immigrants.

His father, Thorwald and his mother, Alina "Inkie" Ingeborg, came to Brattleboro to work for the Estay Organ Company, the famed pipe-organ manufacturer.

Many other Swedish immigrants worked there and it was at the time, one of Vermont's largest employers. In fact, Thorwald would work there for the next 45 years.

Ernie was the youngest of three children and lived on Pleasant Street, in the neighborhood near the Estey factory called "Esteyville," where all the local kids were into sports. In fact, Ernie's first paying job was caddying at the local golf course.

Although he didn't play Little League baseball in Brattleboro (the first Little League field was not built until the early 50's) Ernie played baseball, football and basketball, mostly at the old Oak Grove School or at the hospital grounds, and by the time he reached high school, was thriving in baseball and basketball.

In fact, many thought the tall, lanky kid was a better at hoop then baseball, and Yale University was certainly interested in Johnson as a basketball player.

However, in his senior year at Brattleboro High, Johnson also flourished into a dominant pitcher. He finished that season with a 6-3 record and an amazing 1.09 ERA, while averaging a whopping 12 strikeouts a game.

This also included perhaps one of the most dominant three-game stretches in Vermont school boy history that saw Johnson throw a one-hit shutout against Springfield High School, then another one-hit shut out against Bellows Falls, before throwing two-hit shut out against Greenfield, MA in which he also struck out an amazing 20 batters.

Oh, and let's not forget to mention that Johnson also batted .409 and led the team in RBI's.

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