On September 12, 1907 — In a 2 – 0 win against the Highlanders at Hilltop Park, Washington’s Walter Johnson strikes out five batters, though it will be recorded as four K’s. Researchers in the 1990s will find the extra K, resulting in Johnson’s lifetime total of 3,509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day, 2001, when Roger Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.

 


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Baseball Reference September 12
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