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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

The Big Train: 1924

The Big Train: 1924

September 30, 1924. Washington Nationals pitcher Walter Johnson, aka "The Big Train," with his wife, mother and children at Union Station. View full size. National Photo Company collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Little Carolyn still making news

The toddler in Walter Johnson's arms is his daughter, Carolyn. Now 89, Carolyn was recently featured in the New York Times. Sadly, the Nats lost a heartbreaker last night; for her sake - and the sake of Washington baseball fans of all ages - they will hopefully get to the World Series next year.

Best Pitcher Ever

It's hard to argue against Walter Johnson as the greatest pitcher ever. Lifetime - 417 wins, 2.17 ERA, and 3,509 K's all with the Washington Nationals who were in second division most of Big Train's career.

Ty Cobb Flinched

An excerpt describing Walter Johnson's first major league outing. He was 19, and freshly called up from a minor league team in Idaho:

Indeed, the Tigers were wowed. They were on their way to the American League pennant and had a fearsome lineup. But after they swept the doubleheader by beating Johnson in that second game, they knew they had seen a man who would be a rival for years.

"I watched him take that easy windup -- and then something went past me that made me flinch," Ty Cobb said. "I hardly saw the pitch, but I heard it. The thing just hissed with danger. Every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ballpark."

 
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