Future Cleveland Indians manager and Washington Senators Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson is born in Kansas.
Known best for his 21-year career with the Senators from 1907 to 1927, one in which he routinely led the league in a variety of pitching statistics (including consecutive 30-win seasons in 1912 and 1913), the two-time American League MVP and three-time AL pitching triple crown winner jumped into coaching in 1929 with Washington. In four seasons there, he posted a 350-264 record.
In 1933, he became the third manager of the season for the Indians, finishing with a 48-51 record in his 99 games. He led the team to a third place 85-69 record in 1934, but was let go after starting the 1935 season 46-48 with a disgruntled group of players on his fifth place club. He was replaced in the dugout by Steve O’Neill.
Johnson was one of the five players elected in the first class to enter the Hall of Fame the next season. His 417 career wins on the mound remain the second most in baseball history and his 110 shutouts stand as the all-time record.