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Major League Baseball’s 30-Game Winners (Pitchers)

Jack Chesbro Won 41 Games For The New York Highlanders (Original Name Of The New York Yankees) In 1904

Jack Chesbro Won 41 Games For The New York Highlanders (Original Name Of The New York Yankees) In 1904

Since 1901, the year the National and American Leagues unified, 13 pitchers have won 30 games in a season (a total of 21 times).

These are some of the best pitchers to toss the rawhide, including the great Cy Young himself (twice),  Walter Johnson (twice), Pete “Grover Cleveland” Alexander (three times) and New York Giants‘ greats Christy Mathewson (four times) and Joe McGinnity (twice).

Fellow Hall of Famers Jack Chesbro (41) and Ed Walsh (40) are the only pitchers in unified history to win at  least 40 in one summer campaign.

In fact, only four pitchers on today’s list are not in the Hall of Fame: Smoky Joe Wood, Jim Bagby, Jack Coombs and the last pitcher to win 30, Denny McLain. McLain went 31-6 for the World Champion Detroit Tigers in 1968.

More than half of baseball’s 30-game winners did their deeds in the first decade of the 20th century (11 from 1901-1910). Almost all (18 of 21) did them between 1900-1920. Once the Deadball Era ended, though, things took a turn in the batters’ favors.

Only McLain (1968), Lefty Grove (1931) and Dizzy Dean (1934) made it happen after 1920.

PITCHER WINS SEASON ARM TEAM
1. Jack Chesbro 41 1904 R New York Highlanders
2. Ed Walsh 40 1908 R Chicago White Sox
3. Christy Mathewson 37 1908 R New York Giants
4. Walter Johnson 36 1913 R Washington Senators
5. Joe McGinnity 35 1904 R New York Giants
6. Smoky Joe Wood 34 1912 R Boston Red Sox
7. Pete Alexander 33 1916 R Philadelphia Phillies
7. Walter Johnson 33 1912 R Washington Senators
7. Christy Mathewson 33 1904 R New York Giants
7. Cy Young 33 1901 R Boston Americans
11. Cy Young 32 1902 R Boston Americans
12. Pete Alexander 31 1915 R Philadelphia Phillies
12. Jim Bagby 31 1920 R Cleveland Indians
12. Jack Coombs 31 1910 R Philadelphia A’s
12. Lefty Grove 31 1931 L Philadelphia A’s
12. Christy Mathewson 31 1905 R New York Giants
12. Joe McGinnity 31 1903 R New York Giants
12. Denny McLain 31 1968 R Detroit Tigers
19. Pete Alexander 30 1917 R Philadelphia Phillies
19. Dizzy Dean 30 1934 R St. Louis Cardinals
19. Christy Mathewson 30 1903 R New York Giants

Since before 1901, from the very beginnings of the game of organized baseball, literally over 100 pitchers have won 30 games or more in a season. You can see them all at my source, baseball-reference.com. It’s Old Hoss Radbourn with the pre-unified record of 59 wins for the National League’s Providence Grays in 1884.

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MLB: Left-Handed Pitchers with the Most Wins, Strikeouts and Saves in a Single-Season

Left-Handers With The Most Wins (Lefty Grove), Strikeouts (Sandy Koufax) And Saves (Randy Myers) In A Single Season

Left-Handers With The Most Wins (Lefty Grove), Strikeouts (Sandy Koufax) And Saves (Randy Myers) In A Single Season

Some time back, Sports List of the Day covered left-handed pitchers with the most career wins and most career strikeouts.

Warren Spahn has the most wins – a whopping 363, but he never won more than 23 (he did win 20 or more an incredible 13 times, though). So Spahn misses hitting today’s first list, which ranks lefties with the most wins in a single season.

And appropriately, it’s Lefty Grove with the record (31). He’s the only lefty in MLB history* to break the 30-win barrier. Grove also won 28.

In total, 14 left-handed pitchers have won more than 25 games in a season. Grove, Sandy Koufax, Hal Newhouser and Eddie Plank did it twice.

Today’s second list – left-handed pitchers with the most K’s in a season – is more in sync with the career list. They’re both dominated by Randy Johnson. Johnson holds the career strikeout record for lefties with 4,875 – and he appears five times on the single-season list.

But Sandy Koufax is king of the left-handed hill, here. His 382 strikeouts in 1965 was the all-time record (regardless of arm) until righty Nolan Ryan reset it by one in 1973.

Finally, a more modern mounting statistic – saves, led on the left-handed side of things by another Randy, Randy Myers. He’s the only lefty to break the 50-save barrier. The ten relievers (stoppers or closers, really) listed in today’s third featured list are all the left-handers who made it to 40.

WINS

PITCHER WINS SEASON TEAM
1. Lefty Grove 31 1931 Philadelphia Athletics
2. Hal Newhouser 29 1944 Detroit Tigers
3. Lefty Grove 28 1930 Philadelphia Athletics
4. Steve Carlton 27 1972 Philadelphia Phillies
4. Sandy Koufax 27 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Rube Waddell 27 1905 Philadelphia Athletics
4. Doc White 27 1907 Chicago White Sox
8. Lefty Gomez 26 1934 New York Yankees
8. Carl Hubbell 26 1936 New York Giants
8. Sandy Koufax 26 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Rube Marquard 26 1912 New York Giants
8. Hal Newhouser 26 1946 Detroit Tigers
8. Eddie Plank 26 1904 Philadelphia Athletics
8. Eddie Plank 26 1912 Philadelphia Athletics

*

STRIKEOUTS

PITCHER STRIKEOUTS SEASON TEAM
1. Sandy Koufax 382 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Randy Johnson 372 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Randy Johnson 364 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Rube Waddell 349 1904 Philadelphia Athletics
5. Randy Johnson 347 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Randy Johnson 334 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks
7. Randy Johnson 329 1998 Houston Astros
8. Sam McDowell 325 1965 Cleveland Indians
9. Sandy Koufax 317 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Steve Carlton 310 1972 Philadelphia Phillies

*

SAVES

PITCHER SAVES SEASON TEAM
1. Randy Myers 53 1993 Chicago Cubs
2. Brian Fuentes 48 2009 Los Angeles Angels
3. Dave Righetti 46 1986 New York Yankees
4. Eddie Guardado 45 2002 Minnesota Twins
4. Randy Myers 45 1997 Baltimore Orioles
6. Mark Davis 44 1989 San Diego Padres
6. Billy Wagner 44 2003 Houston Astros
8. Mitch Williams 43 1993 Philadelphia Phillies
9. Eddie Guardado 41 2003 Minnesota Twins
10. Billy Wagner 40 2006 New York Mets

* Statistics are from the NL-AL unified era, 1901-present.

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The Best Switch Hitters in Baseball History, Part 2 of 2: Tops in Doubles, Triples, Total Bases, OBP, OPS and Slugging

The Mick, Charlie Hustle, Chipper And Steady Eddie, In Their Early Days

The Mick, Charlie Hustle, Chipper And Steady Eddie, In Their Early Days

Let’s wrap up our look at the best switch hitters in baseball history. Yesterday, we looked at the all-time switch-hitting leaders in those all important primary statistical categories – hits, home runs, batting average, RBI and runs scored.

Based on those numbers, it’s pretty clear the kings of switch hitting are Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones.

More evidence here.

Pete Rose, not only the overall all-time hits leader, ranks first among switchies again in doubles (he’s second all-time behind Tris Speaker) and total bases. He’s also the only of the top four to make the triples rankings.

Mickey Mantle proves beyond any doubt he’s the greatest slugging switch hitter ever, adding leaderships in on-base percentage (he’s eighth all time in walks), OPS and slugging average to one in home runs.

Murray and Jones feature again, this time with a tilt in Jones’ favor.

DOUBLES

1. Pete Rose 746
2. Eddie Murray 560
3. Chipper Jones 549
4. Roberto Alomar 504
5. Ted Simmons 483
6. Jimmy Rollins 472
7. Frankie Frisch 466
8. Carlos Beltran 463
9. Omar Vizquel 456
10. Bernie Williams 449

*

TRIPLES

1. Max Carey 159
2. Willie Wilson 147
3. Frankie Frisch 138
4. Pete Rose 135
5. Jose Reyes 114
6. Tim Raines 113
7. Lu Blue 109
7. Jimmy Rollins 109
9. Garry Templeton 106
10. Larry Bowa 99

*

TOTAL BASES

1. Pete Rose 5,752
2. Eddie Murray 5,397
3. Chipper Jones 4,755
4. Mickey Mantle 4,511
5. Roberto Alomar 4,018
6. Carlos Beltran 4,005
7. Frankie Frisch 3,937
8. Chili Davis 3,914
9. Ted Simmons 3,793
10. Tim Raines 3,771

*

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE (OPS)

1. Mickey Mantle .421
2. Roy Cullenbine .408
3. Lance Berkman .406
4. Lu Blue .402
5. Chipper Jones .401
6. Wally Schang .393
7. Augie Galan .390
8. Ken Singleton .388
9. Tim Raines .385
10. Miller Huggins .382

*

ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING (OPS)

1. Mickey Mantle .977
2. Lance Berkman .943
3. Chipper Jones .930
4. Mark Teixeira .888
5. Bernie Williams .858
6. Reggie Smith .855
7. Carlos Beltran .849
8. Jorge Posada .848
9. Victor Martinez .841
10. Roy Cullenbine .840
10. Eddie Murray .836

*

SLUGGING AVERAGE

1. Mickey Mantle .557
2. Lance Berkman .537
3. Chipper Jones .529
4. Mark Teixeira .522
5. Carlos Beltran .493
6. Reggie Smith .489
7. Tony Clark .485
8. Bernie Williams .477
9. Eddie Murray .476
10. Dmitri Young .4745

Photos: sports.yahoo.com / cleveland.com / Jonathan Newton (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution) via mlgu.wordpress.com / thefullcount1544.blogspot.com

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