Walter Johnson


Walter Johnson

Baseball's Big Train

Henry W. Thomas
Foreword by Shirley Povich

516 pages


April 1998


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Author Bio

Henry W. Thomas, the grandson of Walter Johnson, lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is currently editing, for audio release, the interviews taped by Lawrence Ritter for his classic The Glory of Their Times. Shirley Povich died in 1998 at the age of 92 after seventy-five years as an award-winning sportswriter for the Washington Post.


"This lavishly illustrated narrative of Walter Johnson’s life is the definitive work on the subject and is likely to remain so."—Lawrence S. Ritter, Oldtyme Baseball News

"Henry Thomas’s biography of Walter Johnson is carefully researched, thoroughly documented, and, best of all, a pleasure to read."—Spitball

"Does justice to Johnson’s extraordinary on-field accomplishments, and it also emphasizes his decency, humility, and self-effacing humor."—Booklist

"Belongs in the very top ranks of sports biographies."—Washington Times

"One of the most comprehensive biographies ever written about an athlete. Incredibly detailed, filled with fascinating stories about arguably the greatest pitcher of all time."—Tim Kurkjian, senior writer for Sports Illustrated

"Delights the soul."—Sports Collectors Digest


​1995 CASEY Award
1996 Seymour Medal Finalist

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