Hudson became a favorite in Brooklyn for his clutch hitting. Later a Giant scout,
he remained on their staff from 1945 until his death.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1940: The Giants sweep the Dodgers 7–0 and 12–5 in 12 innings dropping Brooklyn out of 1st place. In the opener, Carl Hubbell uses just 81 pitches and gives up only a 2nd inning single to Johnny Hudson, who is erased on a DP. Only Cookie Lavagetto gets to a 3–2 count. Bill Lohrman wins the 2nd game in 12 innings.
»May 6, 1941: The Dodgers snag veteran 2B Billy Herman from the Cubs for OF Charlie Gilbert, IF Johnny Hudson, and $65,000. Herman, the premier 2B in the league, is hitting just .194, but will replace the journeyman Pete Coscarart. In his first game as a Dodger, Herman is 4-for-4 to lead Brooklyn to a 7–3 win over visiting Pittsburgh.