The “Big Train” Walter Johnson Came to the Capital Region

Back in the 1900s, before baseball was the money-making machine that it is today, baseball players supplemented their incomes by barnstorming after the regular season ended.  Even the biggest stars like Babe Ruth,  Honus Wagner, and Ty Cobb would travel throughout the country to play exhibition games against town teams.  In 1913, the great fastballer, Walter Johnson, who was  known as the ‘Big Train”,  was playing for the Washington Senators and coming off of his best year  (a 36-7 record and  an ERA of 1.14).  Johnson came to Schenectady and  led an All-American team against the Schenectady Mohawk Giants.  6,000 fans attended the game and watched Johnson strike out 11 batters and give up 5 hits in five innings.  The Colored Giants’  pitcher, Frank Wickware, shutout the All-Americans, and the Giants won, 1-0.

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