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MAY 12 (1926) - Train*
By Bill Grimes
May 12, 2007 - 9:54 PM

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“Big Train” keeps rolling

WASHINGTON , D.C. MAY 12, 1926Walter “Big Train” Johnson won his 400th game on this date in baseball history. Only two pitchers have reached that plateau. The other was Cy Young, winner of an astonishing 511 games. You know Cy. They named an award after him.

But I digress, Walter Johnson came from Humboldt, Kansas. He broke into the majors with the Washington Senators in 1907 at age 19. He pitched for the next 21 years, finishing with records like 36-7, 33-12, 23-7, 25-13, 20-7, for a team that lost more than it won (The Senators finished under .500 eleven of the twenty-one seasons Johnson pitched for them).

Walter Johnson was said to have the fastest fastball in major history, of course there were no radar guns in the teens and twenties, so we can’t really be sure. Here are some figures from the “I didn’t know that” category that we are sure about;

  • Johnson pitched 110 shutouts – more than anyone else.
  • He won 38 games 1-0.
  • Remarkably, 26 of his losses were 1-0.

He could hit too. Johnson finished the 1925 season with a .433 batting average. Still a major league record for pitchers.

Read on:
http://www.retrosheet.org/
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/pitching/pi300c.shtml
http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/historical/individual_stats_player.jsp?c_id=mlb&playerID=116635
http://www.historicbaseball.com/players/j/johnson_walter.html
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=johnswa01



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