Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train

By Henry W. Thomas
Foreword by Shirley Povich
Read by Ian Esmo

17.33 Hours 09/01/1997 unabridged
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To many, Walter Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time. He was a star second to none throughout the golden age of sports, which spanned the era of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, and Al Simmons. But it wasn’t Walter Johnson’s blazing fastball alone that placed him on a pedestal. It was Johnson, above all others, who came to personify “gentlemanly conduct in the heat of battle,” as Shirley Povich put it. One of a small number of stars tempering the game’s roughneck reputation in the early years of the century, he was still around to help shepherd it through its darkest hour of the Black Sox scandal. His presence as a role model in the big leagues consoled parents all over the country. Throughout a career as dazzling as any in sports history, Johnson remained unspoiled. This is the grand story of one of the good guys.

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To many, Walter Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time. He was a star second to none throughout the golden age of sports, which spanned the era of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, and Al Simmons. But it wasn’t Walter Johnson’s blazing fastball alone that placed him on a pedestal. It was Johnson, above all others, who came to personify “gentlemanly conduct in the heat of battle,” as Shirley Povich put it. One of a small number of stars tempering the game’s roughneck reputation in the early years of the century, he was still around to help shepherd it through its darkest hour of the Black Sox scandal. His presence as a role model in the big leagues consoled parents all over the country. Throughout a career as dazzling as any in sports history, Johnson remained unspoiled. This is the grand story of one of the good guys.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Belongs in the very top ranks of sports biographies.” Washington Times
“One of the most comprehensive biographies ever written about an athlete. Incredibly detailed, filled with fascinating stories about arguably the greatest pitcher of all time.” Tim Kurkjian, senior writer for Sports Illustrated
“Delights the soul.” Sports Collectors Digest
“This is an excellent, exhaustive biography, showing clear affection for Johnson from the first pitch: Thomas is Johnson’s grandson. Despite the blood tie, Thomas doesn’t just go straight down the middle; he is willing to work the corners of his grandfather’s life, which actually allows his relationship to his subject to add to the work’s significant depth.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“This detailed, carefully researched and annotated biography certainly does justice to Johnson’s extraordinary on-field accomplishments, and it also emphasizes his decency, humility, and self-effacing humor…A much-needed, comprehensive biography of a baseball legend.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Henry W. Thomas

Henry W. Thomas, the grandson of Walter Johnson, lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is currently editing, for audio release, the interviews taped by Lawrence Ritter for his classic The Glory of Their Times.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 17.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English