Celebrate Walter Johnson's birthday by watching footage from his 1924 World Series win
Celebrate Walter Johnson's birthday with '20s footage
Walter Johnson was born on November 6, 1887, which means that if he were still alive today he'd be 127 years old. For all we know, he's still out there, because along with Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner, he was known as one of the "Five Immortals" who were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame's first class.
Over his 21-year career, he pitched a total of 5914.1 innings, including 531 complete games. That's 431 more than Randy Johnson, who pitched for 22 years, and 530 more than reigning AL Cy Young winner Maz Scherzer. And he did it throwing sidearm:
The 'W' on his jersey stands for "Washington Senators," the team for which he played his entire career, but it might as well stand for "wins." He collected 417 (second only to Cy Young), 111 of which were shutouts.
In addition to "The Big Train" (due to the speed of his fastball), Johnson was nicknamed "The White Knight," because he was just such a nice guy. So don't forget Walter Johnson's birthday, because he would remember yours.
Commemorate the day by watching him close out the Senators' first (and only) World Series victory: