October 20, 2019

Today in History: Walter Johnson

Today in History–December 10–the Library of Congress features baseball player Walter Johnson, who died on this day in 1946. Johnson played 21 seasons with the Washington Senators and later became the team's manager. Nicknamed "The Big Train", Johnson is considered to have one of the best fastball pitchers ever. His accomplishments include the following: scored more shutout victories (110) than any other major league pitcher; set a record in 1913 pitching most consecutive scoreless innings—56 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cy Young

Today in History–August 6–the Library of Congress features Cy Young, who pitched in his first professional baseball game on this day in 1890, helping the Cleveland Spiders to beat the Chicago Colts. Young's real name was Denton but Cy, after cyclone, is how he is best known. Young earned a place in the baseball Hall of Fame in 1937; in 1956 major league baseball instituted the Cy Young award, given annually to the National and American league's best pitcher.   Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]