Tag: Walter Johnson

Apr 22

Almost Perfect – Big Train’s No Hitter

As most of you know by now Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed a perfect game yesterday. Humber’s perfect game was the 21st perfect game in Major League history. This morning I wanted to see how close Washington’s Walter Johnson came to pitching a perfect game during his July 1, 1920 no-hit game …

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Apr 10

The beginning of the Big Trian’s greatest season

April 10, 1913 Behind the superb pitching of Walter Johnson the Washington Senators beat the newly named New York Yankees 2-1. With the Yankees only run being an unearned run Walter Johnson begins a streak of shutout innings that will reach a record 56 innings. Walter Johnson will go on to have his greatest season …

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Apr 10

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – Johnson beats Newly Named Yankees

April 10, 1913 Behind the superb pitching of Walter Johnson  the Washington Senators beat the newly named New York Yankees 2-1. With the Yankees only run being an unearned run, Walter Johnson begins a  streak of shutout innings that will reach a record 56 innings. Walter  Johnson will go on to have his greatest season …

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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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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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Jul 06

Bam-Bam and the Big Train, a pair of D.C. legends

As if Bryce Harper had not already endeared himself to Washington baseball fans, his legend grew even further when he stepped into the batter’s box at Nationals Park on the Fourth of July, wielding a star-spangled bat emblazoned with the D.C. skyline, and launched a two-run homer to spark a 3-for-4 day. Add that to …

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Sep 26

This Day in D.C. Baseball History – 1924 Pennant Race – 1969 Senators’ are Winners

1924 Pennant Race – The Senators lead Yanks by One game September 26 – Boston, MA The Boston Red Sox beat the first place Washington Senators 2-1 in front of 12,000 spectators at Fenway Park. The Senators’ loss and the Yankees’ 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics left the Senators with only a one game …

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