A Few Notes About Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson’s 1913 season featured 11 shutouts, the most the Big Train ever had in a single season. Johnson had no more than 1 run allowed in his first 11 appearances (7 starts and 4 relief stints): this span included a 55 2/3rd innings scoreless streak. Later in 1913, he had stretches of 9 and 6 games without allowing more than 1 earned run in a game, and a 37-inning scoreless streak from late June to mid-July that was not part of either stretch.

People who know about Johnson seem to envision him as a great deadball pitcher who hung on in the 1920s, but was no longer an exceptional pitcher after the live ball came along. But, in 1924, Johnson led the AL in wins with 23, shutouts with 6, in ERA with a 2.72, and in games started with 38.

Only two batters hit more than 3 homers off Johnson. The player you expect, Babe Ruth, with 8 in 113 at-bats. The player you don’t expect, and probably haven’t heard of, is Joe Hauser, with 5 in 48 at-bats. Hauser, a great minor-league slugger, had only 80 MLB homers.

Published in: Uncategorized on May 9, 2018 at 9:52 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. In Hauser’s defense, that’s more MLB home runs than I’ve got… 😉

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