You can watch the film here, thanks to the Library of Congress. Which, by the way, has a website of all sorts of awesome stuff you can get lost in.
America in 1924:
|Walter Johnson greeting President Calvin Coolidge, and a tiny other man.|
|I can smell the peanuts now!|
A Notable Player:
|Barney in 1907|
|Johnson in 1924|
Johnson was amazing: throughout his career he threw 110 shutouts, the most in history and struck out a then record 3,508 batters, mostly with a blazing fastball that became his trademark. His pitching career lasted 21 years, ending in 1927. He then became a manager for the Senators from 1929 to 1932, then the Cleveland Indians from 1933 to 1935. In the book Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train, many recall how Johnson was a very gentle, good tempered man, had lots of friends in baseball, and someone who tried to keep his powerful pitch in check for fear of hurting others. The so-called great ballplayers today could learn a bit from Big Train.