Johnson, Walter

▪ American athlete
in full  Walter Perry Johnson , byname  The Big Train  
born November 6, 1887, Humboldt, Kansas, U.S.
died December 10, 1946, Washington, D.C.
 American professional baseball player who had perhaps the greatest fastball in the history of the game. A right-handed thrower with a sidearm delivery who batted right as well, Johnson pitched for the Washington Senators of the American League from 1907 through 1927.

      In 21 seasons he struck out 3,508 batters, a major league record that would stand until 1983, when it was broken by three pitchers: Nolan Ryan (Ryan, Nolan), Steve Carlton (Carlton, Steve), and Gaylord Perry. Johnson's record for shutout victories (110 or 113; authorities differ) still stands. His win record for games pitched (413, 414, or 416) is second only to that held by Cy Young (Young, Cy).

      Johnson was nonplaying manager of the Washington club (1929–32) and of the Cleveland Indians (1933–35). A popular player, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

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