your baseball knowledge of
Walter Johnson. Get up to bat in this
"Check Your Answers"
at the end of the quiz.
On November 6, 1887, Walter Johnson was the second of six children
born to Frank and Minnie (Perry) Johnson on a rural farm.
What is the closest town?
- Dodge City, Kansas
- Humboldt, Kansas
- Newport, Iowa
- Macon, Georgia
2) Johnson later attended Fullerton High
School where he struck out 27 batters during a 15-inning game
against Santa Ana High School.
3) He moved to Idaho, where he doubled as a telephone company
employee and a pitcher for a Weiser-based team in the Idaho State
League. Johnson was spotted by a major league talent scout and
signed a contract in July 1907 at the age of nineteen.
does he sign with?
- New York Yankees
- Chicago White Sox
- Boston Red Sox
- Washington Senators
4) In 1917, a Bridgeport, Connecticut
munitions laboratory recorded Johnson's fastball at 134 feet per
second, which is equal to 91.36 miles per hour, a velocity which
was virtually unique in Johnson's day, with the possible exception
of Smoky Joe Wood.
5) His overpowering fastball was the primary
reason for Johnson's exceptional statistics, especially his fabled
strikeout totals. Johnson's record total of 3,508 strikeouts stood
for more than 55 years until all surpassed it in 1983.
does NOT surpass him in 1983?
- Nolan Ryan
- Steve Carlton
- Gaylord Perry
- Catfish Hunter
6) Johnson twice won the American League Most
Valuable Player Award (1913, 1924), a feat accomplished since by
only two other pitchers, Carl Hubbell in 1933 and 1936 and Hal
Newhouser in 1944 and 1945.
7) He is the all-time major league leader in
How many shutouts did he throw?
8) Johnson was a good hitter for a pitcher,
compiling a career batting average of .235, including a record
.433 average in 1925.
How many home runs did he hit during
- 13 home runs
- 23 home runs
- 33 home runs
- 43 home runs
9) Johnson made his last MLB appearance was
September 30, 1927 for the Washington Senators.
- Red Sox
- White Sox
10) He continued on to the major leagues,
managing the Washington Nationals/Senators (1929-1932), and
finally the Cleveland Indians (1933-1935).
During the 1939
season, what did Johnson serve as?
- radio announcer for the Senators
- General Manager for the Senators
- Manager for thee NY Yankees
- TV broadcaster for the Senators
11) A life-long Republican and friend of
President Calvin Coolidge, Johnson was elected as a Montgomery
County commissioner in 1938. In 1940 he ran for the U.S. House of
Representatives seat in Maryland's 6th district. He beat the
incumbent Democrat, William D. Byron, by a total of 60,037 (53%)
to 52,258 (47%).
12) On Tuesday, at 7:00 PM, Johnson died of a
brain tumor in Washington, D.C., five weeks after his 59th
What is the date?
- December 10, 1944
- December 10, 1945
- December 10, 1946
- December 10, 1947
13) Where is he interred?
- Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland
- All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, Maryland
- Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Boyds, Maryland
- Forest Oak Cemetery, Gaithersburg, Maryland
14) What was his nickname?
- "The Big Train"
- "The Big Unit"
- "The Big Sheriff"
- "The Big Cruiser"