20 Wins Club : 1976 - 2019

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 1976 through 2018, who are members of the American League 20 Wins Club.

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"You don't face (Nolan) Ryan without your rest. He's the only guy I go against that makes me go to bed before midnight." - Reggie Jackson

Twenty Wins Club
'1976 - 2019'

In Chronological Order

Baltimore
22
13
Boston
21
12
Baltimore
20
7
Minnesota
20
11
Kansas City
20
12
Baltimore
20
11
New York
25
3
Milwaukee
22
9
Kansas City
21
17
Baltimore
21
12
Boston
20
8
New York
20
9
Baltimore
23
9
New York
21
9
Minnesota
20
13
Baltimore
25
7
New York
22
9
Oakland
22
9
Kansas City
20
11
Baltimore
20
8
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Accomplished
n/a
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Chicago
24
10
Chicago
22
7
New York
21
9
Detroit
20
13
Cleveland (4) & Chicago (N.L. 16)
20
6
Baltimore
20
11
New York
22
6
Kansas City
20
6
Boston
24
4
Detroit
21
8
Milwaukee
20
11
Boston
20
9
Oakland
20
13
Minnesota
24
7
Oakland
21
12
Kansas City
20
8
Kansas City
23
6
Oakland
21
9
Oakland
27
6
Oakland
22
11
Boston
21
6
Minnesota
20
8
Detroit
20
9
Texas
21
11
Toronto
21
6
Chicago
20
10
Chicago
22
10
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Accomplished
n/a
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New York
21
8
Toronto
20
10
Toronto
21
7
Seattle
20
4
Minnesota
20
10
New York
20
7
Toronto
20
6
Texas
20
7
Boston
23
4
Oakland
20
6
Toronto
20
8
Oakland
21
8
New York
20
3
Seattle
20
6
Oakland
21
5
Boston
21
7
Cleveland (10) & Montreal (N.L. 10)
20
8
Boston
20
4
Toronto
22
7
Chicago
21
9
Seattle
21
7
New York
21
8
Boston
21
6
Minnesota
20
6
Los Angeles
21
8
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Boston
20
7
Cleveland
22
3
Toronto
20
11
New York
20
9
Not Accomplished
n/a
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New York
21
7
Detroit
24
5
Tampa Bay
20
5
Los Angeles
20
5
Detroit
21
3
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Houston
20
8
Boston
22
4
Toronto
20
4
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Tampa Bay
21
5
Cleveland
20
7
Houston
21
6
Houston
20
5
Not Yet Accomplished
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Twenty Wins Club | * = Two Leagues
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baseball almanac fast facts

Did you know that the most home runs allowed by an American League twenty game winner is forty-two by Denny McLain in 1966 ?

During the 1974 season Nolan Ryan walked two-hundred two batters which is the most by any American League twenty game winner.

Which American League pitcher had the most saves during his twenty win season? Believe it not, it was Chief Bender with thirteen in 1913 .

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