Biographical

Portrait of Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson P

Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
21 5914.7 417 279 34 3509 2.17
Birth Date11-6-1887
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1907 WS1 19 14 12 110.3 0.0 0.0 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 100 35 23 1 0 20 20 2 71 1.88 1.77 0.00 0.0 0.0
1908 WS1 20 36 30 256.3 0.0 0.0 14 14 1 0 0 0 985 194 75 47 0 0 53 53 11 160 1.65 1.75 0.00 0.0 0.0
1909 WS1 21 40 36 296.3 0.0 0.0 13 25 1 0 0 0 1219 247 112 73 1 0 84 84 15 164 2.22 2.23 0.00 0.0 0.0
1910 WS1 22 45 42 370.0 0.0 0.0 25 17 1 0 0 0 1367 262 92 56 1 0 76 76 13 313 1.36 1.31 0.00 0.0 0.0
1911 WS1 23 40 37 322.3 0.0 0.0 25 13 1 0 0 0 1306 292 119 68 8 0 70 70 8 207 1.90 2.68 0.00 0.0 0.0
1912 WS1 24 50 37 369.0 0.0 0.0 33 12 2 0 0 0 1413 259 89 57 2 0 76 76 16 303 1.39 2.13 0.00 0.0 0.0
1913 WS1 25 48 36 346.0 0.0 0.0 36 7 2 0 0 0 1271 232 56 44 9 0 38 38 9 243 1.14 1.83 0.00 0.0 0.0
1914 WS1 26 51 40 371.7 0.0 0.0 28 18 1 0 0 0 1406 287 88 71 3 0 74 74 11 225 1.72 1.92 0.00 0.0 0.0
1915 WS1 27 47 39 336.7 0.0 0.0 27 13 4 0 0 0 1280 258 83 58 1 0 56 56 19 203 1.55 1.88 0.00 0.0 0.0
1916 WS1 28 48 38 370.0 0.0 0.0 25 20 1 0 0 0 1410 290 105 78 0 0 82 82 9 228 1.90 1.83 0.00 0.0 0.0
1917 WS1 29 47 34 326.0 0.0 0.0 23 16 3 0 0 0 1255 248 105 80 3 0 68 68 14 188 2.21 1.86 0.00 0.0 0.0
1918 WS1 30 39 29 326.0 0.0 0.0 23 13 3 0 0 0 1261 241 71 46 2 0 70 70 8 162 1.27 1.96 0.00 0.0 0.0
1919 WS1 31 39 29 290.3 0.0 0.0 20 14 2 0 0 0 1131 235 73 48 0 0 51 51 7 147 1.49 2.12 0.00 0.0 0.0
1920 WS1 32 21 15 143.7 0.0 0.0 8 10 3 0 0 0 583 135 68 50 5 0 27 27 5 78 3.13 2.93 0.00 0.0 0.0
1921 WS1 33 35 32 264.0 0.0 0.0 17 14 1 0 0 0 1119 265 122 103 7 0 92 92 2 143 3.51 3.54 0.00 0.0 0.0
1922 WS1 34 41 31 280.0 0.0 0.0 15 16 4 0 0 0 1195 283 115 93 8 0 99 99 7 105 2.99 3.70 0.00 0.0 0.0
1923 WS1 35 42 34 261.0 0.0 0.0 17 12 4 0 0 0 1096 263 112 101 9 0 73 73 20 130 3.48 3.43 0.00 0.0 0.0
1924 WS1 36 38 38 277.7 0.0 0.0 23 7 0 0 0 0 1148 233 97 84 10 0 77 77 10 158 2.72 3.40 0.00 0.0 0.0
1925 WS1 37 30 29 229.0 0.0 0.0 20 7 0 0 0 0 967 217 95 78 7 0 78 78 7 108 3.07 3.68 0.00 0.0 0.0
1926 WS1 38 33 33 260.7 0.0 0.0 15 16 0 0 0 0 1101 259 120 105 13 0 73 73 5 125 3.63 3.51 0.00 0.0 0.0
1927 WS1 39 18 15 107.7 0.0 0.0 5 6 0 0 0 0 460 113 70 61 7 0 26 26 7 48 5.10 3.93 0.00 0.0 0.0
Career8026665914.70.00.041727934000229734913190214249701363136320535092.172.430.000.00.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1907 WS1 MLB 14 12 110.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.053 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1908 WS1 MLB 36 30 256.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .255 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1909 WS1 MLB 40 36 296.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .258 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1910 WS1 MLB 45 42 370.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1911 WS1 MLB 40 37 322.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1912 WS1 MLB 50 37 369.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .253 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1913 WS1 MLB 48 36 346.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 WS1 MLB 51 40 371.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1915 WS1 MLB 47 39 336.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .257 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1916 WS1 MLB 48 38 370.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .266 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1917 WS1 MLB 47 34 326.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .249 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1918 WS1 MLB 39 29 326.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .235 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1919 WS1 MLB 39 29 290.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .254 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 WS1 MLB 21 15 143.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1921 WS1 MLB 35 32 264.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1922 WS1 MLB 41 31 280.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1923 WS1 MLB 42 34 261.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 WS1 MLB 38 38 277.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1925 WS1 MLB 30 29 229.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1926 WS1 MLB 33 33 260.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 WS1 MLB 18 15 107.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1907 WS1 MLB 5 9 0 14 12 110.3 100 20 71 1 0% -1.053 8.2 1.6 0.1 5.8 1.09 1.88 0.0 0.0
1908 WS1 MLB 14 14 1 36 30 256.3 194 53 160 0 0% .255 6.8 1.9 0.0 5.6 0.96 1.65 0.0 0.0
1909 WS1 MLB 13 25 1 40 36 296.3 247 84 164 1 0% .258 7.5 2.6 0.0 5.0 1.12 2.22 0.0 0.0
1910 WS1 MLB 25 17 1 45 42 370.0 262 76 313 1 0% .271 6.4 1.8 0.0 7.6 0.91 1.36 0.0 0.0
1911 WS1 MLB 25 13 1 40 37 322.3 292 70 207 8 0% .280 8.2 2.0 0.2 5.8 1.12 1.90 0.0 0.0
1912 WS1 MLB 33 12 2 50 37 369.0 259 76 303 2 0% .253 6.3 1.9 0.0 7.4 0.91 1.39 0.0 0.0
1913 WS1 MLB 36 7 2 48 36 346.0 232 38 243 9 0% .229 6.0 1.0 0.2 6.3 0.78 1.14 0.0 0.0
1914 WS1 MLB 28 18 1 51 40 371.7 287 74 225 3 0% .260 6.9 1.8 0.1 5.4 0.97 1.72 0.0 0.0
1915 WS1 MLB 27 13 4 47 39 336.7 258 56 203 1 0% .257 6.9 1.5 0.0 5.4 0.93 1.55 0.0 0.0
1916 WS1 MLB 25 20 1 48 38 370.0 290 82 228 0 0% .266 7.1 2.0 0.0 5.5 1.01 1.90 0.0 0.0
1917 WS1 MLB 23 16 3 47 34 326.0 248 68 188 3 0% .249 6.8 1.9 0.1 5.2 0.97 2.21 0.0 0.0
1918 WS1 MLB 23 13 3 39 29 326.0 241 70 162 2 0% .235 6.7 1.9 0.1 4.5 0.95 1.27 0.0 0.0
1919 WS1 MLB 20 14 2 39 29 290.3 235 51 147 0 0% .254 7.3 1.6 0.0 4.6 0.99 1.49 0.0 0.0
1920 WS1 MLB 8 10 3 21 15 143.7 135 27 78 5 0% .278 8.5 1.7 0.3 4.9 1.13 3.13 0.0 0.0
1921 WS1 MLB 17 14 1 35 32 264.0 265 92 143 7 0% .295 9.0 3.1 0.2 4.9 1.35 3.51 0.0 0.0
1922 WS1 MLB 15 16 4 41 31 280.0 283 99 105 8 0% .282 9.1 3.2 0.3 3.4 1.36 2.99 0.0 0.0
1923 WS1 MLB 17 12 4 42 34 261.0 263 73 130 9 0% .294 9.1 2.5 0.3 4.5 1.29 3.48 0.0 0.0
1924 WS1 MLB 23 7 0 38 38 277.7 233 77 158 10 0% .250 7.6 2.5 0.3 5.1 1.12 2.72 0.0 0.0
1925 WS1 MLB 20 7 0 30 29 229.0 217 78 108 7 0% .274 8.5 3.1 0.3 4.2 1.29 3.07 0.0 0.0
1926 WS1 MLB 15 16 0 33 33 260.7 259 73 125 13 0% .278 8.9 2.5 0.4 4.3 1.27 3.63 0.0 0.0
1927 WS1 MLB 5 6 0 18 15 107.7 113 26 48 7 0% .285 9.4 2.2 0.6 4.0 1.29 5.10 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can't we all feel more comfortable with an opening class of 10 of Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wanger?
(Bernard from Jersey City)
That's a great place to start. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any top 5 right hander list without Pedro Martinez is criminal. In the immortal words of KLaw, 5 dollars.
(Bagel from San Diego, CA)
It's a peak/career question, with some "timeline" built in. Is there any real way to compare Walter Johnson and Pedro Martinez? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steve, thanks for chatting. Which pitcher do you believe was the fastest ever at delivering a baseball? Steve Dalkowski?
(ripfan008 from Baltimore)
I don't think I've ever seen footage of Dalkowski, but I like cuing up films of Walter Johnson's delivery and watching him sling the ball in with that three-quarters delivery and his long, long arms. He probably wasn't as fast as some of today's big arms, just based on superior conditioning and nutrition today but he would probably still be competitive. I realize that doesn't quite answer your question, but it's probably as close as I can come just now. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 2002, The DBacks won 29 of the 35 games Randy Johnson started. Considering that the vast majority of teams win between 37% and 62% of their games, and 62% of 35 is only 22 wins...couldn't you make an argument that you should start your new franchise with a dominant pitcher? I'd like to put those 29 Ws in the bank. (The DBacks scored 819 runs as a team, but won 98 games.)
(Adam from DC)
Let me combine this with Charlie of Bethesda's question about Walter Johnson. I think so much of pitching is contextual that I'd rather get run support and defense lined up instead. But this is all hypothetical, and we're talking about guys so far above replacement level that I'm not sure you could really make a bad call. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How does the Big Unit not even get mentioned in a nickname discussion?
(tfierst from MN)
He absolutely should. Great nickname, a pitcher's nickname, to go with the aforementioned Big Six and Walter Johnson, the Big Train. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could go back in time to watch one game, what would it be? I often think it might be the Merkle boner game, though I don't like being jostled by crowds and would thus spend 8 innings seeking high ground. Second choice for me: the game where Satchel Paige called in the outfield and infield in pitching to Josh Gibson, though that might be apocryphal and could break my time machine. How about you?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
That's a really tough call. I saw the Reggie 3-HR World Series game on TV when I was a tyke. That might be cool. Any game where Ted Williams had a couple of hits... The game where Casey Stengel let a bird fly out from under his cap... Any game Walter Johnson or Christy Mathewson pitched... Satchel Paige in his prime would be VERY cool to see. Great call there. (Steven Goldman)


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