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