20 Wins Club : 1951 - 1975

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 1951 through 1975 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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Twenty Wins Club
'1951 to 1975'

In Chronological Order

Cleveland
22
8
New York
21
9
New York
21
10
Cleveland
20
13
St. Louis
20
12
Cleveland
20
13
Philadelphia
24
7
Cleveland
23
12
Cleveland
22
11
Cleveland
22
11
New York
20
8
Washington
22
10
Cleveland
21
15
Boston
21
8
St. Louis (5) & Chicago (15)
20
10
Cleveland
23
7
Cleveland
23
11
New York
20
6
Not Accomplished
n/a
n/a
n/a
Detroit
21
13
Detroit
20
14
Cleveland
20
14
Chicago
20
9
Cleveland
20
9
Cleveland
20
9
Detroit
20
8
Chicago
20
12
New York
21
7
Chicago
22
10
Not Accomplished
n/a
n/a
n/a
New York
25
4
Detroit
23
9
New York
23
12
Cleveland
20
10
Chicago
20
9
Minnesota
20
11
New York
24
7
New York
21
7
Minnesota
21
9
Baltimore
20
13
Boston
20
10
Los Angeles
20
9
Chicago
20
8
Minnesota
21
7
New York
20
9
Minnesota
25
13
Detroit
20
14
Boston
22
9
Detroit
22
11
Minnesota
20
14
Detroit
31
6
Baltimore
22
10
New York
21
12
Cleveland
21
9
Detroit
24
9
Baltimore
23
11
Minnesota
20
12
Baltimore
20
7
Minnesota
20
6
New York
20
14
Baltimore
24
8
Baltimore
24
9
Minnesota
24
12
California
22
12
Cleveland
20
12
Baltimore
20
10
New York
20
11
Detroit
25
14
Oakland
24
8
Chicago
22
13
Baltimore
21
5
Oakland
21
11
Detroit
20
9
Baltimore
20
9
Baltimore
20
8
California
20
13
Baltimore
20
9
Cleveland
24
16
Chicago
24
17
Detroit
22
14
Chicago
21
16
Oakland
21
7
Baltimore
21
10
Chicago
24
20
Detroit
23
15
Baltimore
22
9
Oakland
21
13
Oakland
21
5
California
21
16
Oakland
20
9
Minnesota
20
17
Milwaukee
20
12
California
20
14
Kansas City
20
11
Boston
20
13
Oakland
25
12
Texas
25
12
Kansas City
22
14
Baltimore
22
10
California
22
16
Boston
22
13
Chicago
21
13
Cleveland
21
13
Chicago
20
19
New York
23
14
Baltimore
23
11
Oakland
22
11
Chicago
20
14
Baltimore
20
9
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Did you know that during the 1910 season Jack Coombs set the American League record for most shutouts by a twenty (20) game winner with thirteen (13)?

Most strikeouts by an American League pitcher during a twenty (20) win season are three-hundred eighty-three (383) by Nolan Ryan in 1973 . Fewest? Thirty-seven (37) by Sloppy Thurston in 1924 .

In 1908 , Ed Walsh pitched four-hundred sixty-four (464) innings which is the most by any American League twenty (20) game winner during a twenty (20) win season.

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