In Memory

James Johnston

James Johnston

 Coach Jim Johnston passed away on Dec 26th.

Jim was born in Berkeley, CA, on October 12, 1921, and passed away peacefully on December 26, 2016, in Chico, CA. Jim attended San Francisco State University, playing baseball and graduating with a BA and Masters in Physical Education in 1951. He became a high school teacher and baseball coach at both San Leandro High School and Pacific High School from 1952 to 1967, winning the S-A.A.C.A.L. League Baseball title in 1959. In 1968, while continuing as a teacher of physical education for elementary school children, Jim became a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team; he advanced to scouting supervisor in 1982, the same year that he retired from teaching. He continued scouting for 45 years earning 2 World Series rings and a National Pennant ring. He continued to scout until well into his late 80's.

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01/02/17 10:35 AM #1    

Joseph Bustos (1962)

our last yr at pacific coach jphnson came to me with a problem about who to pitch in upcoming gane against berkley and who he was leaning to start and asked my advice.  i told him that those hitters were fastball hitters but that they had trouble hiting against slower pitching, i said pitch ronnie kruse to which he did and we beat them by changing speeds on them a lot

01/02/17 05:39 PM #2    

Joseph Bustos (1962)

i wish i had knpwn he lived in chico as for past 10yrs live in paradise maybe couldive visited him

01/04/17 07:47 AM #3    

Denis Keeton (1963)

Great coach and person, RIP.

01/04/17 09:40 AM #4    

Sue Ferreira (Nunes) (1967)

James JJ Johnson's funeral services will be at The Church of the Assumption on Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. in San Leandro, 1100 Fulton Avenue. Hopefully, some of you can make it and show your support for fallen coach and Viking.

01/05/17 06:51 AM #5    

Maria Cordaway (Villagomez) (1965)

My condolences to the family..

01/05/17 01:18 PM #6    

Joseph Bustos (1962)

my first memeroy of coach was probably c-league summer recreation league at sl ballpark, c-league was 7/8 grade  bleague jr high a-league high school.  for some reason not all schools fielded teams and some of thr above mention leagues didnt have enough players for a teams.  he recruited  some of us in c-league to play on the b and a-leagues to fill out team roster.  by us playing older guys we gradually became better players.  most us attended sl high together for 1yr and as jv team we went 18-1 and we could beat the varsity who won their league also.

04/11/17 08:10 AM #7    

Paul Quinlan (1967)

He introduced me to how to stop hazing. Forever grateful.

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