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Walter Johnson
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Baseball Player
    (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946)
    Pitcher for the Washington Senators (1907-27)
    Career record 417-279
    3508 strikeouts
    110 Shutouts
    Nicknamed 'The Big Train'
    Elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame (1936)
    He asked his parents for permission to become a ballplayer.
    He tried to get into politics after he retired.
    He pitched terribly in the World Series, giving up the most hits, doubles, and walks in a World Series game.
    His Hall of Fame plaque says that he won 414 games and holds the major league strikeout record, even though he actually won 417 games and is no longer the leader in strikeouts.
    He negotiated and signed a contract with the Federal League in 1915 in order to get more money from the Senators.
    Ty Cobb's batting average against Johnson was .368, two points higher than his career batting average.
    Despite having a reputation for good control, he is the all-time leader in hit batters, with 205.
    He was the only original member of the Hall of Fame to receive less than 200 of the 226 votes.
    He had two 20 game losing seasons (13-25 in 1909 and 25-20 in 1916).
    He ended his career with two straight losing season (albeit both were just 1 game under .500).
    He played his entire career for the same team.
    He was one of the first five players elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
    He pitched from 1907 to 1927, compiling a .599 winning percentage. The Senators' overall winning percentage during those years was .492 He led the American League in strikeouts eight seasons in a row, and twelve times years overall (1910, 1912-1919, 1921, 1923-24).
    He holds the American league record for most 20-win seasons, with 12 and had a 30 win season.
    His .433 batting average in 1925 is the highest ever by a pitcher.
    He holds the American League record for wins.
    He won thirty-eight games where the final score was 1-0.
    Poor run support cost him many wins during his career.
    He was a gentlemen, and never made an enemy in his lifetime.
    He is the only pitcher in history to throw 100 shutouts, and has at least 20 more shutouts than any other pitcher.
    He once faced Casey Stengel in an exhibition game. He threw two strikes by Stengel, who then walked back to the dugout. When the umpire reminded Stengel that there was one strike left, Casey said 'You can call it! I didn't see the first two!'

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