Thomas "T.J." Johnson ’59
Pitched No-Hitter Against Edison in 1959. One of the original members of the class of 1959, Thomas E. Johnson excelled on playing fields, regardless of the sport. “In Pingry, Tom is widely known for his athletic prowess,” said The Pingry Record on April 10, 1959. “Tom can be counted on to encourage his teammates with a smile or with his own example of good sportsmanship when going gets tough.” While his sports were football, basketball, and baseball, Johnson is best remembered for his time on the baseball diamond. He served as team captain in ‘59 and was named MVP and awarded the Graham-Churchill Award. Johnson pitched every game but one for Pingry in 1958 and 1959. On May 1, 1959, he hurled a sensational no-hitter against Edison High School in the playoff game for a Union County Tournament berth. On the gridiron, on which he played for the ‘57 and ‘58 teams, Johnson was quarterback for the ‘58 Varsity squad and also played defensive back. He scored four touchdowns against Pennington in the fall of 1958. T.J. was a point guard for the Varsity basketball team during his junior and senior years. In all, he earned seven Varsity letters at Pingry. His association with the school did not end upon graduation, however. Johnson has been a science teacher at Pingry since 1966 and has been a Coach of the Varsity football and baseball teams and an Assistant Coach for the Middle School and JV basketball teams. He was Athletic Director from 1981-1984.