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.

"Where the ball went was up to heaven. Sometimes I threw the ball clean up into the stands." - Bob Feller
Twenty Wins Club
'1951 to 1975'

In Chronological Order

Name
Team
Wins
Losses
Year
Top 25

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) & C hicago (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
Name
Team
Wins
Losses
Year
Top 25

Twenty Wins Club



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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