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Baseball Great Walter Johnson Died
December 10, 1946

Johnson's best pitch was hardly a secret. His fastball is considered to be among the best in baseball history. One sports reporter in Johnson's day remarked, "He's got a gun concealed about his person. You can't tell me he throws them balls with his arm." He started developing his famous pitch on the mound of in his Kansas high school. When the Washington Senators recruited him in 1907, he said he would come to try out only on the condition that the team would pay his way home if he failed in the big leagues. Johnson needn't have worried!
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