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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Walter Johnson first to strike out 3,000
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


July 22, 1923

The Big Train makes another stop on his journey to immortality. Walter Johnson is the first pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters when he fans five in pitching Washington to a 3-1 victory over the Indians in Cleveland.

The side-arming right-hander already has led the American League in strikeouts 10 times, including eight consecutively, with a high of 303 in 1912. He will lead the league again this season, but with just 130, and next year, with 158. He will retire after the 1927 season with 3,508 strikeouts.





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