Walter Johnson, baseball's greatest pitcher, lived in Bethesda from 1925 until 1935. Called the "Big Train" because of his overpowering fastball, Johnson won 417 games in 21 seasons with the Washington Senators. His record of 110 shutouts should last forever. Johnson was in the first class elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, along with Cobb, Mathewson, Ruth and Wagner. After his baseball career, Johnson served as an elected member of the Board of Commissioners of Montgomery County from 1938 until his death in 1946.
Sculpture by Joseph Craig English ◆ Gift of Giant Food, Inc.