You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we’ll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.
ON THIS DATE IN 1913, Walter Johnson set the record for consecutive scoreless innings: 55⅔.
In the daily research for this project, Walter Johnson’s name comes up virtually every day, perhaps more than any other baseball player. For instance, on this date in 1920, Johnson won his 300th game. His scoreless innings streak, which broke Jack Coombs’ record of 53, remains the longest in American League history and third longest in major league history.
Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time, and he has one of the best nicknames ever: the Big Train. Johnson won 417 games, second-most ever, and had a 2.17 ERA. He threw a record 110 shutouts, 38 by 1-0, which means he had more 1-0 shutouts than Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling combined had shutouts by any score (Johnson also holds the record with the most 1-0 losses in a career with 26, 11 more than anyone else). Johnson threw 300 innings for a record nine years in a row. That 1913 season, he went 36-7 with a 1.14 ERA.