As humble as his Humboldt, Kansas childhood surroundings, Walter Johnson remained loyal to all who befriended him along his meteoric rise to baseball immortality. The offered typewritten and signed correspondence is consistent with Johnson and his classy demeanor. Composed on an 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of Johnson’s personal stationery, the correspondence is dated “August 3, 1927” and, in summary, offers an apology (in Johnson’s words) for not being able to personally greet fans at a Senators game that marked the 20th anniversary of his D.C. debut. At the conclusion, Johnson has signed in black-ink fountain pen. While the penning has dimmed somewhat over time, it retains its flowing characteristics and maintains (“7”) strength and clarity. Just below, teammate Ossie Bluege has signed (also in black-ink fountain pen, “8-9” strength). Coincidentally, just six days before this letter was composed, a 5-4 Senators home triumph (vs. Chicago) saw Bluege plate three runs and Johnson log his 417th and final big league win. The sheet remains crisp with a visible watermark, a staple hole at the upper left and (2) horizontal mailing folds. Full photo LOA from JSA.
The letter reads (in full):
As one of those who saw me pitch my first game in Washington, I am grateful to you for your attendance at the Twentieth Anniversary game on August 2, 1927, and for your fine support throughout the intervening years. I very much appreciate the way in which you and other baseball patrons here in Washington and elsewhere have shown their regard for me and I regret it was not possible to greet you personally at the game.
(signed) Walter Johnson