Ride "The Big Train" to collecting glory with this signed handwritten letter. Armed with a locomotive strength fastball, Walter Johnson (d.1946) was far and away the brightest star to ever suit up for the generally woeful Washington Senators. Johnson brightens the auction block with this two-page handwritten letter. Accompanied by the original envelope postmarked 8/21/34, this two-page correspondence was sent to a proud mother in Newark Valley, NY in thanks for help received from her son.
Penned entirely in Johnson's hand, both of the 5 x 6-1/2" pages bear clearly legible writing, with a prominent ("7") strength signature on the second page. The first page is printed with "The Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia" and a regal crest, as is the back of the envelope, indicating the letter was written and sent from the hotel located at 9th and Chestnut Streets in Philly. Johnson's job in 1934 was manager of the Cleveland Indians and a check of the team's 1934 schedule shows them visiting the Philadelphia A's over the period 8/18-21/34. Showing minor wear, with one horizontal fold per page, the two pages remain very pleasing with fairly crisp texture. The envelope is torn open on three sides, but presents in respectable shape, with the addition of a written note on the back in unknown hand. Full photo LOA from JSA.