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Lot # 1038: Superb Circa 1914 Walter Johnson Original Photograph (PSA Type I)

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 26 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Displayed is a superb circa 1914 Walter Johnson Type I original photograph, by Brown Brothers, one of the finest Walter Johnson photos we have handled. Johnson, known as "The Big Train," was an inaugural inductee to the Hall of Fame. With 417 career wins, Johnson's win total ranks second only to that of Cy Young, at 511, for the most victories in Major League history. Johnson spent his entire 21-year playing career with the Washington Senators. He was the American League's MVP in both 1913 and 1924. His best season was 1913, when he had a record of 36-7, with an ERA of 1.14 and 243 strikeouts. In 1914, when the displayed Walter Johnson photograph was taken, Walter had another fantastic season. He led the American League in numerous pitching categories: wins (28), games (51), games started (40), complete games (33), innings (371.2), shutouts (9), and strikeouts (225). Johnson did not lead the AL in ERA that season, but he did wind up the campaign with a not-too-shabby 1.72 ERA. Johnson was 6'1" tall, and the presented photo is a marvelous testament to his extremely long arms - ones that generated great leverage as he threw his tremendous fastball. "His fastball looked about the size of a watermelon seed and it hissed at you as it passed," said Ty Cobb. Even Johnson himself was afraid of the danger to hitters that his fastball presented. "The beanball is one of the meanest things on Earth and no decent fellow would use it," said Johnson. The photo measures 4.5x6.5". There are multiple Brown Brothers stamps on the verso. The photo is in great condition with just a small crease at the bottom edge. The photo has been encapsulated and PSA certified as Type I AUTHENTIC.

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