July 22, 1923: Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts.
Johnson reaches the milestone during a 3-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians. Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals became the the second player to join the club -- in 1974.
In his 21-year career with the Senators, Johnson had 12 20-win seasons, 10 consecutively from 1910-1919. In addition, he is the only player in history beside the legendary Cy Young to win 400 games throughout his career.
Johnson also pitched 110 shutouts during his time in the majors, a record that has stood for nearly a century.
Johnson helped the Senators reach the World Series in 1924 and 1925. In 1924, he lost the first and fifth game of the series, but pitched four scoreless innings in Game 7 to defeat the New York Giants. In 1925, he won two games but lost Game 7 to the Pirates.
After Johnson's retirement in 1927, he went on to begin a career as a manager, starting in the minor leagues with Newark Bears. Eventually he moved on to the majors, where he coached the Senators from 1929-1932, and the Cleveland Indians from 1933-1935.
Along with Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner, Johnson became one of the first five players inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1936.