• My Scores
  • Golf
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NFL Draft

Happy Anniversary: Walter Johnson's 3,000th strikeout

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Previously: The incredible throwing motion of Walter Johnson

It was July 22, 1923, when Washington Senators hurler Walter Johnson struck out Stan Coveleski of the Indians for his 3,000th career strikeout.

The Big Train was the first player in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts and when considering the era, his reaching the feat becomes even more impressive. Johnson led the league in strikeouts 12 out of 15 seasons in one stretch and was the only player in history with at least 3,000 strikeouts for 51 years -- as Bob Gibson was next to reach the plateau in 1974.

There are now 16 pitchers with at least 3,000 strikeouts, and Johnson ranks ninth on the all-time list with 3,509. His closest contemporary is Cy Young at 2,803 -- and Young logged more than 1,400 innings more than Johnson.

So here's to the Big Train, the first truly great strikeout artist in major league baseball. Ninety years ago today he hit the 3,000 mark.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

April 17, 2014
MLB Hoagie Scale: 4/17 (3:44)
1 April 17, 2014
Tom Seaver on today's pitchers
2 April 16, 2014
MLB Power Rankings: 4/16
3 April 14, 2014
MLB Hoagie Scale: 4/14


Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

New Era Atlanta Braves MLB 2014 On-Field Clubhouse 39THIRTY Flex Ha

New Era Hats
Get your team now!
Shop Now