20 Wins Club : 1926 - 1950

Twenty wins in a single season is a truly a magical plateau. Jim Bouton wrote in his classic book Ball Four, "If you had a pill that would guarantee a pitcher twenty wins, but might take five years off his life, he'd take it."

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the pitchers from 1926 through 1950 who are members of the American League 20 Wins Club. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

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"After that game (losing 1-0) I went in and tore the clubhouse up. Wrecked the place. Tore those stall lockers off the wall, giving Al Simmons (who had taken the day off) hell all the while." - Lefty Grove

Twenty Wins Club
'1926 to 1950'

In Chronological Order

Cleveland
27
11
New York
23
11
New York
22
7
Chicago
22
14
Philadelphia
20
13
Philadelphia
24
8
New York
24
13
New York
23
7
St. Louis
21
5
St. Louis
20
12
Philadelphia
24
8
Cleveland
21
10
Philadelphia
20
6
Philadelphia
28
5
Cleveland
25
13
Philadelphia
22
13
Chicago
22
15
St. Louis
20
12
Philadelphia
31
4
Cleveland
22
12
Philadelphia
21
7
New York
21
9
Philadelphia
20
12
Washington
26
13
Philadelphia
25
10
New York
24
7
Cleveland
23
13
Washington
22
10
Washington
24
15
Philadelphia
24
8
Washington
22
8
New York
26
5
Detroit
24
8
Detroit
22
11
Cleveland
20
12
Boston
25
14
Cleveland
22
11
Detroit
21
10
Boston
20
12
Detroit
23
11
Chicago
21
9
Cleveland
20
10
Boston
20
15
New York
20
12
New York
21
11
New York
20
7
New York
21
7
St. Louis
20
16
Cleveland
24
9
New York
21
7
St. Louis (3) & Detroit (17)
20
11
Washington
20
8
Cleveland
27
11
Detroit
21
5
Cleveland
25
13
Chicago
22
11
Boston
22
6
New York
21
5
New York
20
4
Detroit
20
12
Detroit
29
9
Detroit
27
14
Detroit
25
9
New York (10) & Chicago (N.L. 11)
21
7
Boston
21
10
Washington
20
10
Cleveland
26
15
Detroit
26
9
Boston
25
6
New York
20
8
Boston
20
11
Cleveland
20
11
Detroit
21
12
Cleveland
20
7
Cleveland
20
14
Boston
25
7
Boston
23
6
Cleveland
22
10
New York
21
10
Philadelphia
20
12
Cleveland
23
11
New York
21
8
Twenty Wins Club | * = Two Leagues
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baseball almanac fast facts

Best earned run average by an American League twenty game winner? Walter Johnson who won thirty-six games in 1913 and had an ERA of 1.14.

Worst earned run average by an American League twenty game winner? Bobo Newsom who won twenty games in 1938 and had an ERA of 5.08.

Did you know that the American League twenty game winners with the most losses during the same season are Bill Dinneen ( 1902 ) and George Mullin ( 1905 ) with twenty-one each?

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