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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