“The Big Train” rolled into Washington in 1907 and for 21 seasons with the Senators the fire-balling right-hander would prove to be one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game. He threw with a sweeping side-armed delivery that Ty Cobb once said “hissed with danger”. During his amazing career he would post a 417-279 record, and toss 110 shutouts (the most in history). He would win 20+ games 12 times, and 30+ twice. He threw 531 complete games, and led the league in strikeouts 12 times, and in ERA 5 times with 11 seasons under the 2.00 mark. In 1921, he surpassed Cy Young’s lifetime strikeout total, and finished his career with 3,509, a record that would stand for 55 years. He was named the winner of the Chalmers Award in 1913, and 11 years later the AL MVP in 1924.
He was inducted as a charter member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
July 5, 2011