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Walter Johnson

Test your baseball knowledge of Walter Johnson.  Get up to bat in this FUN Baseball Trivia quiz. 
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1) On November 6, 1887, Walter Johnson was the second of six children born to Frank and Minnie (Perry) Johnson on a rural farm.Walter Johnson 
What is the closest town?

  1. Dodge City, Kansas
  2. Humboldt, Kansas
  3. Newport, Iowa
  4. 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.

  • True or False?

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.
Who does he sign with?

  1. New York Yankees
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. 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.

  • True or False?

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.
Who does NOT surpass him in 1983?

  1. Nolan Ryan
  2. Steve Carlton
  3. Gaylord Perry
  4. 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.

  • True or False?

7) He is the all-time major league leader in shutouts.
How many shutouts did he throw?

  1. 80
  2. 90
  3. 100
  4. 110

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 his career?

  1. 13 home runs
  2. 23 home runs
  3. 33 home runs
  4. 43 home runs

9) Johnson made his last MLB appearance was September 30, 1927 for the Washington Senators.
Who did they play?

  1. Red Sox
  2. Yankees
  3. White Sox
  4. Indians

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?

  1. radio announcer for the Senators
  2. General Manager for the Senators
  3. Manager for thee NY Yankees
  4. 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%).

  • True or False?

12) On Tuesday, at 7:00 PM, Johnson died of a brain tumor in Washington, D.C., five weeks after his 59th birthday.
What is the date?

  1. December 10, 1944
  2. December 10, 1945
  3. December 10, 1946
  4. December 10, 1947

13) Where is he interred?

  1. Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland
  2. All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, Maryland
  3. Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Boyds, Maryland
  4. Forest Oak Cemetery, Gaithersburg, Maryland

14) What was his nickname?

  1. "The Big Train"
  2. "The Big Unit"
  3. "The Big Sheriff"
  4. "The Big Cruiser"

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Walter Johnson [Answers]

1) B. 2) True 3) D. 4) True. 5) D. 6) True 7) D. 8) B. 9) B.10) A. 11) False. 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, but came up short against the incumbent Democrat, William D. Byron, by a total of 60,037 (53%) to 52,258 (47%).12) C. 13) A. 14) A.Angels on your pillow

 
 


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