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Walter Newton Justis
(Smoke)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 195 lb.

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Walt Justis pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1905 a month before the 18-year-old Ty Cobb made his debut with the same team. In the minors, he won 20+ games in 1907, 1908 and 1910, with 19 victories in 1909.

Following his brief major league career, Justis set a minor league record throwing 4 no-hitters in a single season for the Ohio State League's Lancaster team in 1908. He threw a 5th no-hitter in 1909, and, as far as is known, holds the minor league career record for no-hitters.

"Justis pitched 25 games last season and won all but one." - Sporting Life of April 1, 1905
"Detroit is trying out a new pitcher named Justis from the Macon team of the South Atlantic. He has a world of speed, but has, in a brief appearance, shown lack of control." - Sporting Life, August 12, 1905

Justis apparently suffered from epilepsy[1][2][3]. There are several references to him having attacks that left him stricken for several days. Most of the attacks resulted from wrestling matches he would have with a teammate.

[edit] Related Sites

  1. http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1908/VOL_51_NO_22/SL5122024.pdf
  2. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88077573/1908-08-31/ed-1/seq-6/print/image_681x648_from_3340%2C5421_to_4739%2C6753/
  3. http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1909/VOL_53_NO_06/SL5306008.pdf
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