29 Facts About Walter Johnson

1. Walter Johnson won 417 games, the second-highest total in history behind fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, over 21 seasons with the Washington Senators.

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2. Walter Johnson blanked the Giants for four innings and earned the victory and Washington's only World Series championship.

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3. Walter Johnson came from humble beginnings, the son of a Kansas farmer.

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4. Walter Johnson won two Most Valuable Player award and was a member of the 1924 World Champions Washington Senators.

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5. Walter Johnson was well liked by teammates and opponents alike.

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6. Walter Johnson was a tall, slim right-hander from Kansas with a fastball unmatched by pitchers from his era.

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7. Walter Johnson was born on November 6, 1887 on a farm near Humboldt, Kansas.

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8. In 1936, Walter Johnson was one of five players, known as "the Five Immortals", who were the first inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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9. Walter Johnson won his first two starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing a total of one run.

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10. Walter Johnson was earning a $12,000 annual salary at the time.

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11. Walter Johnson completed 11 shutouts and threw 56 consecutive scoreless innings during one stretch.

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12. Walter Johnson was 19 when he began pitching for the Senators.

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13. Walter Johnson was called "Sir Walter", "the White Knight", and "The Gentle Johnson" because of his gentlemanly sportsmanship, and "Barney" after auto racer Barney Oldfield.

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14. Walter Johnson married Hazel Lee Roberts about 1914 and they had five children.

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15. Walter Johnson addressed the farmers on industrial problems, and the businessmen on farm problems.

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16. Walter Johnson was one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

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17. Walter Johnson served as a radio announcer on station WJSV for the Senators during the 1939 season.

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18. Walter Johnson had a reputation as a kindly person, and made many friends in baseball.

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19. Walter Johnson finished his career with 23 home runs, the ninth-highest total for a pitcher in Major League history.

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20. Walter Johnson made 13 appearances in the outfield during his career.

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21. In May 1918, Walter Johnson pitched 40 consecutive scoreless innings; he is the only pitcher with two such 40+ inning streaks.

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22. Walter Johnson allowed two hits before he was taken out of the game.

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23. Walter Johnson lost 65 games because his teams failed to score a run.

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24. Walter Johnson was a rookie, and we licked our lips as we warmed up for the first game of a doubleheader in Washington.

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25. Walter Johnson was spotted by a talent scout and signed a contract with the Washington Senators in July 1907 at the age of nineteen.

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26. In 1936, Walter Johnson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.

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27. Walter Johnson led the league in strikeouts a Major League record 12 times—one more than current strikeout leader Nolan Ryan—including a record eight consecutive seasons.

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28. Walter Johnson was the only player in the 3,000 strikeout club for 51 years (less 5 days) when Bob Gibson recorded his 3,000th strikeout on 17 July 1974.

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29. Walter Johnson played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Washington Senators.

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