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Alexander, Grover Cleveland

professional baseball player, one of the finest right-handed pitchers in the history of the game, frequently considered the greatest master of control. From 1911 to 1930 he won 373 or 374 major league games (authorities differ) and lost 208. In his first season he won 28 games. For three consecutive years (1915-17) he won 30 or more games; in 1916, when he achieved 33 victories, 16 were shutouts, a major league record. His career total of 88 or 90 shutouts is second only to Walter Johnson's 110 or 113. Alexander's earned run average of 1.22 in 1915 is one of the lowest in baseball history.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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