Great Pitching Duel In Massachusetts
Walter Johnson was born in Humboldt, Kansas in 1887. His family moved to Orange County, California in 1902 and settled in a small oil boomtown Olinda. Johnson attended Fullerton Union High School where he struck out 27 batters during a 15-inning game. While playing minor league in Idaho Johnson was spotted by a talent scout and signed a contract with the Washington Senators in July 1907 at the age of 19. He immediately was recognized as a great pitcher pitched with a sidearm motion where power pitchers are normally known for pitching with a straight-overhand delivery. Johnson’s motion was especially difficult for right-handed batters to follow.
On September 6, 1912 one of the greatest pitching match-ups in baseball history took place when the Washington Senators played the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Wood has already won 29 games this season and is on his 14th consecutive win. The Red Sox scored their only run on back-to-back doubles (Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis). Wood’s 9th inning strikeout ended the shutout game with a wild Fenway Park celebration.