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Stanley "Lefty" Johnson Passed away on April 17, 2012 in San Francisco at the Irene Swindalls Alzheimer's Residential Care Facility surrounded by loved ones after succumbing to a five-year battle resisting Parkinson's Disease. Survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Jacqueline "Ms. Jackie" Miles-Johnson; The cherished father of Stacey Randolph-Johnson, Stanley L. Johnson, Jr. and the adored grandfather of Niah, Giselle and Quincey Johnson; Brother to Barbara Bass-Johnson. Survived by a host of relatives and friends. Stan was born in Dallas, TX, but reared in San Francisco where he attended Galileo High School, then San Francisco City College and he received the first baseball scholarship offered to an African American at the University of San Francisco. He was initially drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1957. He enjoyed a triumphant yet formidable 16-year Major League Baseball career given the times. His Major League debut was in September 18, 1960. He traveled the globe playing baseball in Venezuela, Toronto and in 1969 his career concluded in Japan with the Taiyo Whales. Many will remember his warm smile and dedication to family, friends and neighbors. Stan was an inspiration to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Friends and family are invited to attend Funeral Services, Tuesday, April 24, at 11AM at PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH, 1601 McKinnon Ave, SF. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice By the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939 (www.hbtb.org/support-us/donate-now) or CPMC Foundation c/o Irene Swindells Alzheimer's Residential Care Facility, 3698 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 22, 2012
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