The Train Arrives

Walter Johnson Autographed 1924 World Series Game 4 Ticket Stub

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Before the 1924 season, Walter Johnson announced that he would be winding down after seventeen years as the major league's premier pitcher. At age 37 "The Big Train's" engine was finally slowing. Despite routinely winning more than 20 games and leading the league in strikeouts and ERA throughout his career the "Nats" could only manage to win 90 games twice and only twice finished within 10 games of the pennant. In 1923, under manager Donie Bush, the Nats couldn't even break .500, going 75-78 despite Johnson’s 17-12 record. So, no one, least of all Washington's long-suffering fans, thought that the Senators could even compete for the 1924 American League pennant - particularly with Ruth’s defending champion Yankees and Cobb's Detroit Tigers playing tough ball.