Walter Johnson (Hands At Chest) - 1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is, perhaps, the most popular issue to feature The Big Train. During the early part of the 20th Century, Walter Johnson’s dominance was staggering. With 417 total victories and a career ERA of 2.17, his numbers are remarkable. Johnson was the first of five men to be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936 along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner. Wow! What a select group. While the Johnson Portrait is certainly more popular, the Hands at Chest variation is considered to be more difficult. This is due, in large part, to The Southern Find, which accounts for most of the high-grade Johnson Portraits that exist today.

Walter Perry Johnson

Born: November 6, 1887 - Humboldt, KS
Died: December 10, 1946 - Washington, D.C.
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 417–279
ERA: 2.17
Managerial Record: 529–432

Teams:
Washington Senators AL (1907–1927; manager: 1929–1932)
Cleveland Indians AL (manager: 1933–1935)

When the topic of the greatest pitcher of all time comes up, Walter Johnson, “The Big Train,” is usually at the forefront of the discussion. With an amazing 417 wins, he won 30 or more games twice and had twelve 20-win seasons. His record of 3,509 K’s stood for more than a half century. In 1913 Johnson had an incredible 1.14 ERA. His gentle demeanor was legendary, and he was one of the most well respected and loved players ever to step onto a field. He was the American League MVP twice (1913, 1924) and in 1924 he pitched the Senators to the World Series championship. He managed for 7 years after his playing days, posting a 529–432 record. Truly a special player, “The Big Train” was elected to the Hall’s inaugural class in 1936. Walter Johnson died of a brain tumor in 1946.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories


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Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (14)

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