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Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Walter Johnson

 
 
Walter Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 16, 2015
1. Walter Johnson Marker
Inscription.  
A champion on and off the field
His Greatness
An Enduring Contribution to Baseball.
Games Won: 414
Shut Outs: 113
Strike Outs: 3497
Opening Game Shut Outs: 7
Scoreless Consecutive Innings: 56

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
 
Location. 39° 1.654′ N, 77° 7.615′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Rock Spring Drive just west of Old Georgetown Road (Maryland Route 187), on the right when traveling west. Marker is at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda MD 20814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Samuel Wade Magruder (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shirley Povich (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bethesda's Big Train (approx. 1.3 miles away); Leibo's Place (approx. 1.3 miles away); 11333 Woodglen Drive (approx. 1.3 miles away); "Alluvium" is an artwork by Jim Sanborn
Walter Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 16, 2015
2. Walter Johnson Marker
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(approx. 1.3 miles away); "The Linden Oak" (approx. 1.4 miles away); Garrett Park, MD (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
 
Walter Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 16, 2015
3. Walter Johnson Marker
Walter Johnson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 16, 2015
4. Walter Johnson
Close-up of relief sculpture on marker
Walter Johnson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 16, 2015
5. Walter Johnson
Close-up of relief sculpture on marker
Walter Johnson Monument image. Click for full size.
Truman Library
6. Walter Johnson Monument
Harry Truman unveiled the monument at Griffith Stadium on June 21, 1947.

Truman remarked, “I am honored and privileged to be called upon to unveil this plaque to a man, who in my opinion is the greatest ballplayer who ever lived. He was a great ballplayer, a great American, and a great citizen of The United States.”
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Library of Congress
7. Walter Johnson
This photo taken during the Senators winning 1924 season (see Damn Yankees by Douglass Wallop), seems to be model for the monument.
Stadium Seats<br>at Walter Johnson High School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 16, 2015
8. Stadium Seats
at Walter Johnson High School
When Griffith Stadium was demolished in 1965 the Walter Johnson monument was moved to Walter Johnson High School. These seats from Griffith Stadium are preserved in the main office of Walter Johnson High School.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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