Dec 01

Walter Johnson honored at Testimonial Dinner

December 1, 1932

Washington D.C.- Around 600 Washington baseball fans from all over the area showed up at the Shoreham Hotel, for a testimonial dinner that was given to honor Walter Johnson, the recently fired Senators’ manager. Besides the hundreds of people in the banquet room the Big Train also received telegrams from President Hoover and Ex-President Coolidge plus many more admirers.

The testimonials that were given highlighted Johnson’s baseball career that started 25 years earlier in the nation’s capital.

When it was Johnson’s time to speak the UP reported the following, with trembling hands the out of work manager said “I have given the Washington public the best I had all the time. I will never forget all that you have done for me. With cheers and tears the crowd showed the Big Train their appreciation for all that Johnson has given to the Washington baseball fans.