Tag Archive: Walter Johnson

Jun 17

Telegram for Mr. Johnson

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Before Walter Johnson was known as the Big Train, he was the Weiser Wonder. In the summer of 1907, Walter Johnson was pitching for the Weiser “semi-pro” team in the Idaho State League. The 19-year old hurler was so dominating that he caught the attention of many Major League scouts from the east. On June …

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Jun 13

Streaks to remember: Stras and the Big Train

Stephen Strasburg has been in great company while streaking through this season, blowing past franchise marks for consecutive victories set by Pedro Martinez, Dennis Martinez and Livan Hernandez, and matching Jake Arietta for the major league lead in wins. If that’s not enough, the Nationals star now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with arguably the greatest pitcher of …

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Jun 11

The Great Bambino knocked out cold

It was always a special time in D.C. when Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees came to town to play the Washington Senators. The fans in the Nation’s Capital came out in droves to Griffith Stadium in hopes to witness one of Ruth’s mammoth home runs. One of those mammoth home runs took place …

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May 30

Big Train’s Last Shutout

May 30, 1927 Walter “The Big Train” Johnson gave up only three hits as he led the Washington Senators (18-18) to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox (10-26). The shutout will be the Big Train’s “Major League Record” 110th career shutout and the last one of his illustrious career. Walter Johnson’s shutout record …

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May 15

This Date in Washington Senators History – Watty Lee pitches first ever American League Shutout

May 15 1901 – The first ever shutout in American League history belongs to Washington. Watty Lee blanks the Boston Americans 4-0 in Boston. 1918 – Walter Johnson and Chicago’s Lefty Williams each go the distance for 18 scoreless innings. The Nats push a run across in the bottom of the 18th to win 1-0. …

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May 15

Walter Johnson’s 18-inning complete game shutout

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On May 15, 1918 the Washington Senators’ pitcher Walter “Big Train” Johnson pitched a Major League Baseball record *18-inning complete game shutout, to defeat Claude “Lefty” T. Williams and the Chicago White Sox 1-0. The fans at Griffith Stadium were treated to one of the greatest pitching duels in baseball history. After 9-innings the game …

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May 14

This Date in Washington Senators History – Sunday baseball is legalized in the District of Columbia

May 14 1913 – A new major league record is set in St. Louis as Walter Johnson breaks Jack Coombs record of 53 consecutive scoreless innings. The Browns will push a run across in the 4th to snap the streak at 55.2 innings, but the Sens still prevail 10-5. 1914 – In Washington, Chicago’s Jim …

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May 12

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train picks up 400th win

May 12 1926 Walter Johnson picks up his 400th career victory as the St. Louis Browns fall to the Sens 7-4 at Griffith Stadium. 1956 An 8 run bottom of the second propels the Senators to a 12-9 win over Boston. Washington’s Jerry Snyder falls a single short of the cycle and drives in 5 …

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May 11

This Date in Washington Senators History

May 11 1904 New Senators manager Patsy Donavan picks up his first win in his managerial debut as the Senators beat the Browns 7-3 in Washington. The victory “improves” the Nats record to 2-16. 1911 At Chicago, the Senators give up a season high 20 runs as the Senators get pounded 20-6 by the Sox. …

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May 10

This Date in Washington Senators History – Big Train’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 52.2

May 10 May 10 was an eventful day in the colorful history of the Senators, particularly as it pertains to Walter Johnson and a variety of streaks and records by different players. 1909 – Walter Johnson suffers his second straight 1-0 shutout loss, this one to the White Sox at South Side Park. It is …

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