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Walter Johnson

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson

Profession: MLB Pitcher

United States of America

Biography: One of the most celebrated and dominating players in baseball history, he established several pitching records, some of which remain unbroken, during his 21-year career with the Washington Senators.

Best known for his gentle nature, and to this day he is held up as an example of good sportsmanship, while his name has become synonymous with friendly competition

Born: November 6, 1887
Birthplace: Humboldt, Kansas, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: December 10, 1946 (aged 59)
Cause of Death: Brain tumour

Married Life

  • 1914-06-24 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

Historical Events

  • 1907-08-02 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit
  • 1907-08-07 MLB Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland
  • 1908-10-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Chesbro records final victory for the NY Highlanders before waived and claimed by Red Sox; beats Walter Johnson and Washington Senators, 2-1
  • 1911-04-15 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning
  • 1912-08-20 Washington Senators future Baseball HOF pitcher Walter Johnson wins AL-record 15th straight, beating Cleveland Naps, 4-2; in nightcap Carl Cushion no-hits Naps, 2-0 in 6 innings
  • 1912-08-26 MLB pitcher Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends
  • 1913-04-10 New York Highlanders play first MLB game as the New York Yankees; lose to the Washington Senators, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium
  • 1913-05-14 Washington Senator Walter Johnson ends MLB record scoreless streak at 56 innings
  • 1913-09-29 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game
  • 1914-12-04 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales; Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court
  • 1917-05-07 In a testament to his pitching ability, future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth leads Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory against Washington Senators legend Walter Johnson
  • 1918-05-15 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game
  • 1919-05-11 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame ace Walter Johnson pitches 12 scoreless innings in a famous 0-0 duel with Jack Quinn of the NY Yankees at the Polo Grounds
  • 1920-05-14 Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit
  • 1920-07-01 Washington Senators pitching legend Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park, the only no-hitter of his illustrious career
  • 1921-09-05 Walter Johnson sets MLB strikeout mark at 2,287
  • 1923-05-02 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0
  • 1923-07-22 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson becomes 1st to reach 3,000 career strikeout milestone (en route to 3,508) with 5 K's in 3-1 win over Cleveland Indians
  • 1924-08-25 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson 2nd no-hitter beats Browns, 2-0 in 7 inn
  • 1924-09-14 Walter Johnson selected as the American League MVP
  • 1926-04-13 At 38, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout
  • 1926-10-14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
  • 1927-05-30 Walter Johnson records 110th and final shutout of his Baseball HOF career, the most in MLB history; Washington Senators score 3-0 win over Boston Red Sox
  • 1928-10-15 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators
  • 1933-06-09 Walter Johnson takes over as Cleveland manager
  • 1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • 1940-11-05 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)
  • 1942-08-23 Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NYY-Washington MLB doubleheader at Yankee Stadium; raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief
  • 1983-04-27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson

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