Pitching almost exclusively for second-division clubs, Johnson won only 101 games
in 17 seasons. He led the NL in losses twice and in 1933 lost 12 straight for the
last-place Reds. He spent 1944-45 in the Navy, avoiding two more last-place finishes
by the Phillies.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 3, 1931: At Wrigley Field, Bob Smith shuts down the Reds, 8–0, to hand Cincinnati its 4th straight shutout. The four shut out losses in a row ties the National League mark for the century. The Reds lost on July 30 (0–5), August 1(0–1, and August two (0–3) to the Pirates. Si Johnson takes the loss today.
»September 6, 1931: The visiting Cardinals tighten their hold on first place by shutting out the Reds twice, winning 3–0 and 7–0. Flint Rhem allows three hits in the opener to beat Si Johnson, then Syl Johnson wins the nitecap over Larry Benton. The Reds are credited with a triple play in the 2nd inning of game 2, going from LF Nick Cullop to C Lena Styles to 3B Joe Stripp to 2B Tony Cuccinello. Cooch's last out is a hidden ball trick and since the ball is never returned to the pitcher, a triple play is recorded.