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Monday, December 22, 2008

Barry Johnson (Inducted 1986)

Barry Johnson Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
      In the early 1960s the star baseball player in Fergus Falls was pitcher Barry Johnson. He is perhaps remembered best for helping lead the Fergus American Legion team to the state title in 1960, where he was named the most valuable player.
      In 1961 Johnson, a 6-foot 2-inch right-handed pitcher, led the high school Otters to the state baseball tournament. This was following the state Legion appearance the previous summer. An all-around athlete, he quarterbacked the Otters for three years and was a center on the basketball team. Johnson was MVP of the 1961 Otter football team that compiled a 7-1 record and was an all-conference basketball selection in 1962, his senior year at Fergus High. Other baseball honors included all-conference and all-state recognition in 1961.
      But baseball is the sport he is most remembered for. After being named the MVP at the state American Legion baseball tourney, Johnson and his Fergus Legion team, coached by Harley Oyloe, participated at the regional tournament in Bismarck in 1960 where Johnson was named outstanding pitcher in the tourney.
      Johnson played baseball at the University of Wyoming from 1964 to 1966, lettering all three years. In 1966 he was a first team all-conference selection for the Western Athletic Conference. He played summer baseball for Battle Lake from 1963 to 1965.
      Since 1970 Johnson has worked in insurance sales as a general agent for Pioneer Mutual Life. He is also a part-time rancher. A resident of Laramie, Wyoming, Johnson and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Brian and Brenda. From 1972 to 1974 he was an assistant baseball coach for the University of Wyoming.
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