Walter Johnson: A Life

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A winner of the 1994 MacMillan/SABR Award, Walter Johnson: A Life by Jacke Kavanagh preserves the legacy of baseball's most extraordinary pitcher in this fascinating and timeless biography.

A biography of the Hall of Fame baseball player who was deemed the greatest pitcher of his era.

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Overview

A winner of the 1994 MacMillan/SABR Award, Walter Johnson: A Life by Jacke Kavanagh preserves the legacy of baseball's most extraordinary pitcher in this fascinating and timeless biography.

A biography of the Hall of Fame baseball player who was deemed the greatest pitcher of his era.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
With 417 victories-100 of them shutouts-Johnson ranks second to Cy Young as baseball's most winning pitcher. What makes that total remarkable is that the Big Train played his entire 21-year career with the Washington Senators, a weak-hitting team usually mired in the second division of the American League, although he led them to pennants in 1924 and '25. A farmer's son who grew up in Kansas and California, he was shy, modest and sweet-tempered, never blaming his teammates and unwilling to throw at batters, which was standard practice in his time. He neither smoked nor drank, not from moral conviction but because he didn't like the taste. He was happily married to a congressman's daughter and had a large family, to which he was devoted. Like many talented players, he attempted to work as a team manager after his playing days were over and did badly at it. Johnson died in 1946 at age 59. This scrupulously researched, detailed biography by freelancer Kavanagh does him credit. Photos.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With 417 victories-100 of them shutouts-Johnson ranks second to Cy Young as baseball's most winning pitcher. What makes that total remarkable is that the Big Train played his entire 21-year career with the Washington Senators, a weak-hitting team usually mired in the second division of the American League, although he led them to pennants in 1924 and '25. A farmer's son who grew up in Kansas and California, he was shy, modest and sweet-tempered, never blaming his teammates and unwilling to throw at batters, which was standard practice in his time. He neither smoked nor drank, not from moral conviction but because he didn't like the taste. He was happily married to a congressman's daughter and had a large family, to which he was devoted. Like many talented players, he attempted to work as a team manager after his playing days were over and did badly at it. Johnson died in 1946 at age 59. This scrupulously researched, detailed biography by freelancer Kavanagh does him credit. Photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Kavanagh, author of many YA baseball biographies, provides a solidly written account of the life of "Sir Walter," one of baseball's greatest pitchers during the first quarter of this century. True baseball fans will enjoy this work. For most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912083810
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1955
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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