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Walter Johnson Newsbeat

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-17-2016

Pittsburgh Press, August 17, 1916:

According to Eddie Ainsmith, the Washington catcher, Walter Johnson is developing a spitball delivery. What does this mean. There have been rumors of late that the Capitol City Speed King is losing his wonderful speed. Batters who have been facing him for several years say Walter doesn’t have the oldtime zip to his flings this year. And if it is a fact that he is trying the spitball there must be something to the rumors. The moist fling is regarded only as the last resort of a slipping pitcher, who realizes that his “old stuff” has deserted him.

Yep, it was the end of the line for The Big Train. He only had eleven and a half seasons, 192 wins, 1445 strikeouts, seven strikeout titles, three ERA crowns, two pennants, and one World Series championship remaining in that right arm.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 17, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, walter johnson

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-16-2016

Arizona Republican, August 16, 1916:

Babe Ruth came out the victor in a 13-inning pitching duel with Walter Johnson today, the Boston Americans defeating Washington in the latter’s final appearance at Fenway Park this season, 1 to 0.

Add that to the list of early MLB games I’d give a significant body part to be able to watch: Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson trading zeroes for 13 innings.

Also in the news 100 years ago today: A fan sues the St. Louis Browns for $15,000, claiming he was wrongly accused of stealing a ball that was batted into the stands.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, walter johnson



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