Forty-seven years ago this week Walter (Big Train)
Johnson shut out Philadelphia 3-0 in the first of a record seven opening-day
shutouts he pitched during his 21 years of play with the Washington Senators.
Rated by many as baseball's greatest pitcher, Johnson won 414 games for his
team between his first season, 1907, and his last in 1927. Master of the
fireball, he was the all-time strikeout king (3,497). After his long playing
career, Johnson stayed on with Washington as manager for four years, then
Cleveland for three. He died in 1946 at the age of 59.