“This boy throws so fast you can’t see ’em and he knows where he is throwing, because if he didn’t there would be dead bodies all over Idaho.”-Joe Cantillion, on Walter Johnson

Coffeyville Whirlwind is one of the many nicknames coined by newspaper writers to describe Walter Johnson.

Johnson played for the Washington Senators from 1907-1927 and was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history.

CW is dedicated to covering the franchise that Walter Johnson called his own for 20 years. The Senators, now known as the Minnesota Twins, are a team with a rich, but often forgotten history.

About the Author:


I have followed baseball all my life. It started as an interest in the Houston Astros, the team closest to my home from ages 0-3. It took a short time after a family move to Minnesota to become a Twins fan. Thanks in part to the team’s knothole promotion, I grew up with Puckett, Hrbek, Viola, and Gaetti and count the 1987 and 1991 World Series among the greatest moments of my childhood.

In addition to writing here, I did some writing for twinscards.com, the now historical Gameday program, and contributed biographies of Jim Eisenreich and Jerry Terrell to the book Minnesotans in Baseball, edited by Stew Thornley.

A bit more about my hiatus and return to blogging here.

Questions, suggestions, or donations can be sent to coffeyvillewhirlwind@comcast.net.


6 Responses to About

  1. Blake Meyer says:

    Oops, thought I was replying directly to you, not commenting publically. Could you please delete the first post please. Thanks

  2. Edward J. Cunningham says:

    I admire your admiration for the Minnesota Twins, but I have a nitpick—a huge one.

    The Dodgers, Athletics, and to a lesser extent the Giants consider their previous incarnations as part of their history. At McAfee Colisseum you see the world championships of the Philadelphia A’s celebrated as well the Oakland champions of the 70’s and 80’s. The Dodgers never let you forget their Brooklyn past, and although the Giants emphasize their history in S.F., you will see old New York Giants like John McGraw honored along with SFers like Willie Mays.

    Not the case in Mnnesota. You will not see ANY Washington player honored who did not play in Minnesota. Harmon Killebrew, yes, but no mention of Johnson, Harris, Goslin, Cronin, or Vernon.
    You’ll see the pennant and world championship teams of 1965, 1987, and 1991 mentioned, but no reference to 1924, 1925, and 1933. That’s the way it should be. I don’t blame the Twins for not mentioning Walter Johnson during the Hometown Hero contest, but it galls me that MLB prohibited us from using him.

    The point is that the history of the Washington Nationals/Senators does not belong with the Minnesota Twins any more than the history of the Montréal Expos belongs to my team. They belong to the city where those events actually happened.

  3. Scot says:

    I’m not sure that I buy that history “belongs” to anyone.

    The fact is that the roots of the Twins’ franchise go back to Washington. You are right, the pennants of 1924, 1925, and 1933 don’t hang in the Metrodome, and I personally think that is a joke. To honor those teams and players as part of your franchise past makes sense, and is not a slight to Washington, nor does it take your memories of the team away from you.

  4. […] you are a fan of the history of baseball in Washington D.C. I recommend you visit Scot Johnson’s Coffeyville Whirlwind blog site. Scot is an avid Minnesota Twins fan and SABR member who appreciates the Twins history. […]

  5. Jeff says:

    The franchise’s history belongs to the franchise, not the city. Do Minnesota North Stars banners hang in the Wild’s Xcel arena? No. Do Minneapolis Lakers banners hang in the Target Center? I don’t think so.

    However, city history does carry some weight. Cleveland football fans believe that Kosar is theirs, not part of the Ravens’ history. Washington baseball fans point to the Senators (both of them) and the Nats as “theirs”. That’s fine. Just as Minneapolis old timers think of Willie Mays’ single summer in town as part of their history, city lovers should hang on to their history.

    But as far as claiming franchise championships and hanging banners…that belongs to the franchise.

  6. todd wellmann says:

    Scot, you look like you’re about my age…i too grew up near Houston in Brenham, Texas and have rooted for the Astros for years….just came across your site….being a huge baseball fan, for years i have recorded on vhs tapes all star games, world series and playoff games etc….i’ve gone back and transferred some to dvd, but the tapes are just sitting there!…if anyone is interested, including Scot, please email me at tdwellmann@yahoo….i can’t sell the games per se, because of copyright stuff, but will sell the vhs tape (for just $2!) for less than you can buy them now!…i just want other ball fans to enjoy some of this stuff….it’s not doing my any good just sitting there….all world series games from 1977 and most playoff games from the early 80s i’ve got….hope someone out there can find joy in these like i did…just email!

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