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Walter Perry Johnson

Johnson, Walter Perry, 1887–1946, American baseball player, b. Humboldt, Kans. He began playing with the Washington Senators of the American League in 1907. A right-handed pitcher, he won 417 games while losing 279 before he retired from active play in 1927. He is still second in career wins and holds the career mark for shutouts (110). The "Big Train," as he was often called, later managed the Newark team (1928) of the International League and the Senators (1929–32) and the Cleveland Indians (1933–35) of the American League. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

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