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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (20 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455161357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455161355
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 13.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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"One of the most comprehensive biographies ever written about an athlete. Incredibly detailed, filled with fascinating stories about arguably the greatest pitcher of all time."--Tim Kurkjian, senior writer for "Sports Illustrated"--Tim Kurkjian "Sports Illustrated " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Henry W. Thomas, the grandson of Walter Johnson, lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is currently editing, for audio release, the interviews taped by Lawrence Ritter for his classic "The Glory of Their Times." Shirley Povich died in 1998 at the age of 92 after seventy-five years as an award-winning sportswriter for the "Washington Post." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
If you have some time, and enjoy reading about one of
baseball's best eras, then I strongly recommend this book.
Henry Thomas has written a meticulously researched, 400 page
account of the life of Walter Johnson. Not only does it
expound upon his on-field brilliance, but it demonstrates
the love and respect that everyone associated with baseball
had for Walter. The foreword is written by longtime
Washington sportswriter, Shirley Povich, and the book
contains many fine photos. If you are not a baseball fan,
the wordy and intricate game descriptions may be tiresome.
But if you enjoy the game, you will enjoy this book.
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By A Customer on 30 Jan 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is a very enjoyable book for anyone wanting to know about baseball's golden age and a different American age.The author's research and attention to detail are superb.His writing style is also quite enjoyable.A minor criticism: the number of footnotes is a little distracting(usually 60 or so per 20 page chapter).It is,after all,a book about baseball,not an academic text.On the positive side again-the "play-by-play" of the World Series games are riveting.
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Format: Hardcover
This biography, by Johnson's grandson, fills a gap in the historical literature of baseball. Though Johnson comes through as a very admirable character, by all accounts that is an accurate portrayal of man respected by all his peers. For a Washington Senator fan, the book was especially welcome, as the exploits of one of baseball's most hapless teams is rarely the subject of any publication.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Who's the best? Walter 26 Jun 2001
By Jonathan Brookner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Simply stated, this is the most detailed as well as accurate baseball bio, at least of a player from pre-WWII years, we have. Yet Thomas keeps the story moving, and we get the full picture of the man and his family life as well. Jack Kavanaugh's "Ol' Pete" (Grover Alexander), and Reed Browning's "Cy Young" make excellent relievers, but here's your starting pitcher, and Big Train didn't need bailing out very often.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
What a pitcher! What a book! 6 Feb 2002
By Mark Kratina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the best baseball books I have ever read- easily on my top ten list and maybe even in my top five. I was not aware that the book was written by Johnson's great grandson until I began reading; this certainly gave the material a lot of credibility.
Walter Johnson was, without question, the greatest pitcher in baseball history. Along with Al Stump's work on Ty Cobb, Robert Creamer's work on Casey Stengel, and the recently published Cy Young biography (author's name escapes me), this book establishes a lasting legacy of Johnson on and off the field.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
You can't help not liking the Big Train 12 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Henry Thomas seems to have inherited the Big Train's genes. One gentleman does a big service to another (his grandfather)as Walter johnson is depicted in this well researched and written biography. If you are an avid fan of great pitchers, dead-ball era ballplayers, or just enjoy a heartwarming story of a well respected gentleman baseball player, this book will not disappoint. Walter "Barney" Johnson was more than just the second winningest major league pitcher of all time with a blazing fastball. First and foremost he was the sports main ambassador of goodwill as well as the idol of Washington Senator fans and the entire baseball community. The only matter that the book did not clear up with me was how he derived the nickname "Big Train." In other aspects, the book was extremely well done.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Big Train is a well written account of a baseball "good guy" 19 Jun 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you have some time, and enjoy reading about one of
baseball's best eras, then I strongly recommend this book.
Henry Thomas has written a meticulously researched, 400 page
account of the life of Walter Johnson. Not only does it
expound upon his on-field brilliance, but it demonstrates
the love and respect that everyone associated with baseball
had for Walter. The foreword is written by longtime
Washington sportswriter, Shirley Povich, and the book
contains many fine photos. If you are not a baseball fan,
the wordy and intricate game descriptions may be tiresome.
But if you enjoy the game, you will enjoy this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Big Book on The Big Train 8 Feb 2001
By Grissum C. Smackerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Written from the heart, and it shows. Truly a magnificent piece of work from Henry Thomas. I loved this book from beginning to end. Follow Walter Johnson from beginning to end through the eyes of someone that actually cares about Walter Johnson, his grandson. I cannot say enough great things about this book. Such a teriffic treat about a wonderful character in the history of baseball.
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