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In the beginning there were players like Ty Cobb who hit 300 for 23 consecutive years and the flying dutchman Honus Wagner Pitchers like the christian gentleman Christy Mathewson and the winningest pitcher in history Cy Young In the years when the only Yankees were the people in the north and there was an upstart franchise called the American League there was a pitcher his name was Walter Johnson Known as the big train because of his high powered fastball which was unequaled in all of baseball Johnson was a poor Kansas farm-hand who became one of the best pitchers baseball has ever been lucky to have ever seen and he was on one of the worst teams in the history of baseballWalter Johnson was born in 1887 in a small town called HumboldtKs As a teenager his interests turned from working on a farm to baseball as he soon found out he had a natural calling for pitching As he went to high school he became one of the nations best pitchers and it was just a matter of time before he would be drafted for the majors He was drafted by the Washington Senators in 1907 for 9 His first year wasnt so good but in his second year he earned the name the big train with an amazing won loss recordBack when Walter pitched they had no Cy Young awards or league MVP awards but if they had Walter would have won a dozen of each On a team with a won loss record of around 60 and 94 Walter usually had half of their wins He would frequently lead the league in wins ERA and strikeouts but even the lackluster of the Senetors had some effect on him In 1916 he had a miniscule ERA of 186 but lost 20 gamesIt was 1924 and by hard work and determination Johnson went 23-7 the Senators made it to the World Series but
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