How much is Walter Johnson worth?
|Net Worth:||$2 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||November 6, 1887|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Walter Johnson
- Born: Nov. 6, 1887
- Died: Dec. 10, 1946
- Hometown: Humboldt, Kan.
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 200 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Hazel (died 1930); four children (Walter Jr., Carolyn, Bobby, Eddie)
- Primary position: Pitcher
Before the bigs:
- Family moved to California when he was 14. As a youngster, he split time between playing baseball, horseback riding and working in the nearby oil fields in the town of Olinda.
- He attended Fullerton Union High School where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. He once struck out 27 batters in an extra-inning game.
- Upon graduation he moved to Idaho, where he worked for a telephone company and pitched in the Idaho State League. He was spotted by a scout and signed a contract with Washington in June 1907 at the age of 19.
- Johnson made his major league debut two months later on Aug. 2.
- One of the greatest pitchers of all-time, “The Big Train” spent his entire 21-year MLB career with the Washington Senators (1907-1927).
- Won 417 games, the second-most of any player in big-league history behind Cy Young (511).
- A five-time American League league-leader in ERA, including career-best 1.14 in 1913. Other than in 1909 (2.22 ERA) and 1917 (2.21), Johnson posted an ERA of less than 2.00 in each of his first 13 seasons in the major leagues.
- During a 10-year span of 1910-1919, he won at least 20 games every season, including 33 and 36 wins in 1912 and 1913 respectively. He had seven consecutive seasons (1910-1916) in which he won at least 25 games each year.
- He dominated the American League in strikeouts, setting the AL standard in eight consecutive seasons beginning in 1912. He was also the league-leader in four other years during his career.
- Though he finished with 3,509 career strikeouts, only twice was Johnson able to record more than 250 strikeouts in a season. Those two dominant years came in 1910 (313 Ks) and 1912 (303). Was the only player in the 3,000 strikeout club for 50 years.
- Threw 110 shutouts in his career, which still stands as a major-league record, leading the league seven times. His best was in 1913, when he had 11 shutouts in a career-best 36-7 record. Only twice in 21 seasons was he not among the top four pitchers for most shutouts.
- For nine consecutive seasons (1910-1918) he pitched more than 300 innings, the only times he reached that plateau. He led all AL pitchers in that category five of the nine seasons.
- Johnson led the AL in complete games on six occasions and for 11 consecutive years (1909-1919), he had at least 27 complete games in a season. Only three times in his 21 seasons with the Senators did he not finish among the top five pitchers for most complete games in a season.
- Johnson was named the AL MVP on two occasions – 1913 when he was 36-7 and 1924 when he posted a 23-7 record and led the league in games started (38), shutouts (6) and strikeouts (158). In two other seasons he finished in the top five in voting for MVP honors, but those four years were the only seasons in which he finished among the top 15 vote-getters.
- It was widely believed that Johnson threw the hardest in his era. He threw his fastball with an easy sidearm motion.
- Among Johnson’s most noted single-season accomplishments were a string of 56 scoreless innings and the 36-7 record (1913), 16 consecutive wins (1912) and five wins (three via shutouts) in a nine-day span (1908).
- His 38 wins by a 1-0 score still stand as a MLB record. He also lost 26 games by the same 1-0 score. He also lost six of eight games when pitching against Babe Ruth.
- Only played in the World Series on two occasions, in 1924 and ’25. The Senators won the World Series as Johnson won the deciding game in relief on one day’s rest.
- Johnson and Ty Cobb faced each other more times in their career than any other hitter-pitcher combination in major league history. Cobb, who hit .367 lifetime, batted .335 in 67 games against Johnson.
- Johnson also holds the record for most three-pitch innings by any major league pitcher (four times), and was the first American League pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning.
- Also batted a respectable .235 with 24 home runs and 255 RBI in his career.
- Johnson served as a manager for three different teams – Newark for one year, the Senators (1929-32) and the Cleveland Indians the next three years. He finished with a .551 winning percentage as a manager.
- He was among the select group of five (joining Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner) inducted into the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame in 1936.
- Johnson retired to Germantown, Md. He was a friend of President Calvin Coolidge and entered the political world when he was elected to serve as a county commissioner in 1938. A bid for a congressional seat two years later came up short.
- On Dec. 10, 1946, he died of a brain tumor, five weeks after his 59th birthday.
- Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md., is named for him. Baseball fields or parks in Rockville, Md.; Weiser, Idaho; Coffeyville, Kan.; and Humboldt, Kan. were named after him.
- The Sporting News ranked Johnson No. 4 on its list of Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players, and the best pitcher of all-time.
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