1927: Walter Johnson’s Final Win

Thursday July 28, 1927

The Washington Nationals pounded the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, in a game that seemed to have little significance. It was simply another win for the great Walter Johnson, the 417th of his career.

As it turned out, it was also his final victory.

Johnson was 39 years old, and most figured in his final season. The win improved the team’s record to 56-39, good for second place but a full 14 games behind the powerful Yankees.

With little chance for a pennant, manager Bucky Harris turned the season over to a youth movement of sorts. Hod Lisenbee, Sloppy Thurston, and Bump Hadley got the bulk of the starts for the rest of the season, with Johnson mostly on the outside looking in. Johnson finished his final season in the majors with just 18 pitching appearances.

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