Walter Johnson

I came across this animated GIF the other day on the internet, and had to share.

Isn’t that what the Internet is for?

walter-johnson

Walter Johnson is one of my favorites. He pitched a lot of years (21) for one team, the Senators, and was for a long time the best pitcher in baseball, on one of the poorest teams in baseball. The Senators record when Johnson got a decision was 265-143 (.650); when another pitcher got the decision, they were 490-594 (.452).

Johnson compiled an amazing record as a pitcher, with a 417-279 lifetime record, 11 seasons with an ERA below 2.00, and 531 complete games in 666 starts. As a Senator he labored for the penurious Griffith family, and so he probably never was paid what he deserved, and also we get to claim him as a pre-Twin.

And he’s got quite a nice side-arm motion there.

My basic information on Johnson came from this nice little biography on the SABR Biography Project website, take a look to find out more, and this picture below comes from Morris Bealle’s history of the Washington Senators.

Walter Johnson b sm 1907

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