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In the annals of Washington sports, only nonpareil Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh can equal Walter Johnson and Clark Griffith. Griff bought the Senators a few years later and remained a big man on the D.C. scene until his death in 1955.

Nine years before that, as Johnson lay slowly dying from a malignant brain tumor, Griffith visited his hospital room daily, held the former pitcher’s hand and talked about the good old days. Chances are that the sunny season of 1912 was a frequent topic.

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