Best Pitchers of All-Time - Career
Regular Season. Sorted by Total PEVA
Walter Johnson - #4 (1907-1927)
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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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