Walter Johnson

Position
Pitcher
Years
1907-1927
Hall Rating
333
Hall of Fame (1936 via BBWAA)
Inductee
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Walter Johnson Photo
Peak
66%
Longevity
34%

Despite Cy Young’s win record and eponymous pitching award, many (like Hall Rating) believe Walter Johnson is the best pitcher in history. Johnson pitched in a more modern era than Young, routinely squaring off against the likes of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Johnson is one of just three pitchers (along with Young and Roger Clemens) with 750+ Pitching Runs (792). He also reportedly had unprecedented velocity and could hold his own with the bat, further adding to his value.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
164.5 108.7 173.7 102.9
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
-84 2 0 0 197 792
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1907 WSH (MIN) 1.6 2.6
1908 WSH (MIN) 3.0 5.3
1909 WSH (MIN) 1.2 3.8
1910 WSH (MIN) 7.3 10.7
1911 WSH (MIN) 5.8 8.8
1912 WSH (MIN) 10.9 14.3
1913 WSH (MIN) 13.2 16.5
1914 WSH (MIN) 9.2 12.7
1915 WSH (MIN) 9.2 12.4
1916 WSH (MIN) 7.4 10.9
1917 WSH (MIN) 4.9 8.0
1918 WSH (MIN) 8.5 11.7
1919 WSH (MIN) 7.9 10.8
1920 WSH (MIN) 1.4 2.8
1921 WSH (MIN) 2.8 5.3
1922 WSH (MIN) 2.7 5.4
1923 WSH (MIN) 1.9 4.4
1924 WSH (MIN) 4.8 7.5
1925 WSH (MIN) 4.5 6.7
1926 WSH (MIN) 1.3 3.8
1927 WSH (MIN) -0.8 0.3
BBWAA Voting Results
Year Percentage
1936
83.6%
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