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    1924 Walter Johnson Signed Photograph Dating to Game Seven of World Series! Sports writer Charley Dryden's quote regarding the Washington Senators may have hit the nail on the head: "Washington: First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League."

    For many years the team was the laughingstock of the Junior Circuit. Things began to change when an inordinately tall youngster from Olinda, California entered the Major Leagues at the tender age of nineteen. Walter Johnson created a legacy challenged by few with his sweeping sidearm delivery. While their climb to the top took plenty of twists and turns, the 1924 season found the Senators in the World Series. Despite losing two games, Johnson pitched on only a day's rest the final four innings in the decisive game. It would prove to be his finest moment.

    While Johnson's autograph is welcome on any medium, this photograph rates near the top given its historic vintage. The offered 8x10" is dated "Oct 10 1924," the very day the Big Train took the weight of the world upon his shoulders to enter Game Seven on short-rest relief, tied in the ninth. He'd battle through four scoreless innings before Muddy Ruel walked it off in the bottom of the twelfth to secure the Senators' lone World Championship.

    Johnson's signature rates 6/10 with his first name being set against a darker portion of the photo. "Nat'L Photo -Wash. D.C." is raised on the lower right corner. Johnson personalized his autograph which is the same strength as his autograph. A vertical crease, one which does not penetrate through the photo, is visible. Also included is a Board of Supervisors Contra Costa County, State of California notice of retirement document for Leland W. Sweeney - the man to whom we assume the autograph was signed. Folding marks are exhibited throughout on the retirement declaration. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    May, 2020
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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