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Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXXI

This is kind of a special ICFBN. Sure, the free e-books and old-timey baseball annuals are nice, but did you know that video existed of Walter Johnson pitching? I didn't. Probably should have figured it out considering when moving pictures came to be, but here you go.

And, by law, I'm required to GIF one of those clips. Okay, two.

That's a good view of his general delivery, but I think this one gives you a great idea of his deception:

I had no idea he threw sidearm, though I guess I could have read this book and got this quote from William B. Hanna in Baseball Magazine from 1923:

The great Washington pitcher is a side-arm thrower, long of arm, strong in control, and pitches with as little visible effort as anybody I've seen expect Jack Powell.

Look at how late the ball comes out of the hand. Assuming he threw over 90 m.p.h. (which he almost certainly did), he could probably still fit in a modern bullpen.

Previous Internet Christmases

I: 1930 Spalding Base Ball Guide
II: Negro Leagues Database
III: Bob Gibson video
IV: John McGraw's Scientific Baseball
V: NBC Archive, featuring Bud Selig

VI: 1888's Base-ball: How to Become a Player
VII: Connie Mack's How To Play Base-Ball
VIII: Life Magazine's greatest baseball photos
IX: Branch Rickey's scouting report on Don Drysdale
X: 100,000+ crowd for White Autos game

XI: Thomas Edison baseball video
XII: Babe Ruth in Just Pals
XIII: Stories of the Base Ball Field
XIV: Babe Ruth swing analysis
XV: Bob Feller mechanical analysis

XVI: Vin Scully calling Hank Aaron's 715th home run
XVII: 1934 Tigers/Yankees Radio Broadcast
XIX: Bob Feller's fastball racing a motorcycle
XX: PCL Promo video from 1946
XXI: Oakland Oaks parade

XXII: Old-timey Red Sox picture collection
XXIII: A visual history of Seals Stadium
: Baseball Reliquary Online Museum
XXV: Proto-snark from 1915
XXVI: The 1924 Nationals and the Washington Post

XXVII: Before there was GameDay or the Internet ...
: Glorious collection of old-timey radio broadcasts
: Free Bill Veeck eBook
Jackie Robinson photos from Ebony

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