Walter Johnson

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Best Pitchers of All-Time - Career

Regular Season. Sorted by Total PEVA



Walter Johnson Career Stats

Year Team Lg W SV IP ERA Age PEVA-P
1907 WS1 AL 5 0 110.3 1.88 20 2.169
1908 WS1 AL 14 1 256.3 1.65 21 9.455
1909 WS1 AL 13 1 296.3 2.22 22 9.771
1910 WS1 AL 25 1 370.0 1.36 23 45.752
1911 WS1 AL 25 1 322.3 1.90 24 27.861
1912 WS1 AL 33 2 369.0 1.39 25 52.347
1913 WS1 AL 36 2 346.0 1.14 26 43.737
1914 WS1 AL 28 1 371.7 1.72 27 36.936
1915 WS1 AL 27 4 336.7 1.55 28 36.871
1916 WS1 AL 25 1 369.7 1.90 29 31.062
1917 WS1 AL 23 3 326.0 2.21 30 18.739
1918 WS1 AL 23 3 326.0 1.27 31 43.252
1919 WS1 AL 20 2 290.3 1.49 32 32.304
1920 WS1 AL 8 3 143.7 3.13 33 3.207
1921 WS1 AL 17 1 264.0 3.51 34 9.385
1922 WS1 AL 15 4 280.0 2.99 35 12.127
1923 WS1 AL 17 4 261.3 3.48 36 9.689
1924 WS1 AL 23 0 277.7 2.72 37 25.968
1925 WS1 AL 20 0 229.0 3.07 38 18.743
1926 WS1 AL 15 0 260.7 3.63 39 9.206
1927 WS1 AL 5 0 107.7 5.10 40 1.299
Total 417 34 5914.7 2.17 479.881
  • Walter Johnson

    From Stat Geek Baseball's, the Best Ever Book.

    The Big Train is coming, coming round the bend, and everyone knew when and how. Walter Johnson ranks as the 4th best pitcher in baseball history and gets a whole lot of kudos from baseball historians as deserving of a spot several notches higher. And we can understand the sentiment. Johnson was really the first pitcher in history to dominate the game with the strikeout. He was the pitching version of Babe Ruth. Dominant on the mound in every way, particularly through the age of 32. But Johnson waned near the end of his career, with only three above 10.000 PEVA seasons after that age. But up until that time, there was no doubt to his achievements and dominance. Ranking #2 in All-Time Wins, #3 in Innings Pitched, and #5 in ERA plus adjusted show what many people knew each time they watched him start a game. The Big Train was coming, coming fast, and going to give his team a great chance to win.

    Johnson pitched for the old Washington Senators, today's Minnesota Twins, and didn't have the benefit of pitching for a club that won with the tradition of the Yankees or some other teams at the time, so his 0.599 winning percentage is the 2nd lowest of the Top Ten on this list. Washington only had 7 winning seasons in the 21 years he pitched for the Senators, winning the pennant in 1924 and 1925 when Johnson was 37 and 38 years old. It's likely that if he'd been on some better teams, his win total would be even higher. But it was certainly high enough to place Johnson in the Top Ten, particularly when combined with those eleven seasons of an ERA under 2.00. Oh, my.


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Notes: Photo Credits: Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Christy Mathewson. Library of Congress.

HOF/HOFP - Hall of Fame player. PEVA - Player Rating for Season or Career. PEVA per Year - Average Player Rating per season. Seasons include all seasons played with no monimum.

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