Schmitz won 93 games in a 13-year big league career that spanned from 1941-1956. He came up with the Chicago Cubs in 1941 and appeared in 28 total games over the next two seasons. Schmitz returned to the Cubs in 1946 and earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. He pitched in 41 games that year, going 11-11 with a 2.61 ERA and leading the National League in strikeouts with 135. In addition to being named an all star, Schmitz also received MVP votes that season. He was 18-13 in 1948 for Chicago, earning his second trip to the All-Star Game and finishing 12th in the MVP vote. The win total was a career high for Schmitz, who had a 2.64 ERA to go along with it. Schmitz joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951 and pitched for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds in the following years. His career had a bit of a resurgence in 1954 when he won 11 games for the Washington Senators. But two years later, after stops with the Red Sox and Orioles, he was done.
Schmitz missed three years to serve in the military during World War II. He died Wausau, Wisconsin on October 1, 2011.
Johnny Schmitz – career stats