Walter Johnson Memorabilia on the Block This Weekend

A full ticket to a 1924 World Series game is one of several items from the career of legendary baseball pitcher Walter Johnson that will be on the block Saturday at Heritage Auctions’ Platinum sale in New York.

World Series ticket 1924Johnson’s daughter, now 90, and her son, Hank Thomas, have decided it’s time to let go of some of the memorabilia from the Big Train’s life and times.

They’re not selling everything they’ve been handed but among the other lots drawing interest are the framed, personalized copy of Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction, a handwritten letter from Cy Young and the ”Notice to Player of Release or Transfer” signed by Senators owner Clark Griffith following Johnson’s farewell season of 1927.

Johnson remains one of the game’s greatest pitchers, winning 411 games and tossing more than 100 shut outs.  He was one of the original five members elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

The ticket, unfortunately, was glued into one of 32 scrapbooks kept by Johnson’s wife.  It’s been graded by PSA.  The plaque has been bid up to $26,000 in online bidding thus far.

Johnson died of a brain tumor just after turning 59 years old in 1946.   The Associated Press spoke with his surviving relatives about the auction.


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