Tag Archive: Walter Johnson

Mar 08

Better Late Than Never

March 8, 1915 Charlottesville, VA Walter Johnson arrived a day later than expected to the Washington Senators training camp. Instead of being upset with Johnson the Senators’ owners were delighted to see him. With Johnson’s arrival to camp it left no doubt that he was going to pitch for the Senators this season. That wasn’t …

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Feb 27

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson has Surgery

February 27 1908 In Fullerton, California, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson is operated on for an infection of the mastoid area behind the right ear. The doctors remove a section of the bone, and the recuperation will keep Johnson sidelined until late May. Despite his late start in the season, Johnson (See November 6th birthdays.) …

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Feb 22

Big Train’s Throw Across the Rappahannock River

February 22, 1936 Fredericksburg, Virginia To celebrate George Washington’s 204th birthday the town of Fredericksburg planned a daylong celebration. To cap off the day the city invited baseball legend Walter Johnson to duplicate George Washington’s legendary throw of a silver dollar across the Rappahannock River. As the story goes U.S. Rep. Sol Bloom, D-N.Y. believed …

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Dec 10

Walter Johnson – Gone But Not Forgotten

On this day in 1946, Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Perry Johnson succumbs to a brain tumor. The 59 year-old Johnson was diagnosed with the brain tumor eight months earlier when he traveled from his farm in Germantown to the Georgetown University Hospital complaining of severe headaches. The news about Johnson’s death was not a …

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Aug 02

This Date in Washington Senators History – Walter Johnson Day

August 2: Walter Johnson Day We salute the greatest pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson. It was 107 years ago today that the icon first stepped onto a big league mound. 1907 – A new era of Washington baseball begins. More than 10,000 jam Washington’s League Park to see the debut of a highly publicized …

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Jul 22

The Big Train Keeps on Rolling

July 22, 1923 Walter Johnson, the Washington Senators star pitcher, becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to strikeout 3,000 batters. Walter “The Big Train” Johnson rolled right over the Cleveland Indians as the Senators beat the Indians 3–1. The victory was The Big Train’s ninth of the season and the Senators won …

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Jul 01

Almost Perfect – Big Train’s No Hitter

Washington’s Walter Johnson almost pitched perfect game during his July 1, 1920 no-hit game against the Boston Red Sox. I was amazed to find out that the Big Train missed pitching a perfect game by one error. The Big Train pitched a perfect game through six innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning Boston’s …

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Jun 17

Telegram for Mr. Johnson

Before Walter Johnson was known as the Big Train, he was the Weiser Wonder. In the summer of 1907, Walter Johnson was pitching for the Weiser “semi-pro” team in the Idaho State League. The 19-year old hurler was so dominating that he caught the attention of many Major League scouts from the east. On June …

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Jun 13

Streaks to remember: Stras and the Big Train

Stephen Strasburg has been in great company while streaking through this season, blowing past franchise marks for consecutive victories set by Pedro Martinez, Dennis Martinez and Livan Hernandez, and matching Jake Arietta for the major league lead in wins. If that’s not enough, the Nationals star now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with arguably the greatest pitcher of …

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Jun 11

The Great Bambino knocked out cold

It was always a special time in D.C. when Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees came to town to play the Washington Senators. The fans in the Nation’s Capital came out in droves to Griffith Stadium in hopes to witness one of Ruth’s mammoth home runs. One of those mammoth home runs took place …

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