20 Wins Club : 1876 - 1889

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 1876 through 1889 who are members of the National League 20 Wins Club. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season. Quantities are cumulative, consecutive and include instances from other major leagues also.

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"Dubbed Old Hoss for his dependability and endurance, Radbourne was a marvel even in an era when teams commonly used only two (2) starting pitchers." - Author Jack Kavanagh

Twenty Wins Club
'1876 to 1889'

National League

In Chronological Order

Chicago
47
12
St. Louis
45
19
Hartford
31
13
Louisville
30
35
New York
21
34
Boston
40
17
Louisville
35
25
Hartford
29
25
Boston
40
19
Cincinnati
30
21
Chicago
29
26
Providence
22
13
Providence
47
19
Boston
43
19
Cincinnati
43
31
Buffalo
37
27
Chicago
31
23
Cleveland
20
40
Cleveland
45
28
Chicago
43
14
Providence
39
24
Troy
34
30
Worcester
32
32
Boston
26
29
Chicago
21
3
Buffalo
20
35
Chicago
31
14
Boston
31
33
Detroit
29
26
Buffalo
28
24
Cleveland
26
30
Providence
25
11
Worcester
25
26
Chicago
24
13
Troy
21
18
Cleveland
36
30
Providence
33
20
Buffalo
28
23
Chicago
28
17
Chicago
27
12
Detroit
25
20
Boston
24
21
Providence
48
25
Buffalo
46
29
Boston
37
21
Chicago
34
20
Cleveland
28
12
Boston
25
14
Chicago
25
19
New York
25
23
Cleveland
23
19
Detroit
22
24
Providence
59
12
Boston
48
16
Buffalo
46
22
New York
39
21
Chicago
35
23
Boston
23
14
Philadelphia
21
25
Chicago
53
16
New York
44
11
New York
32
13
Providence
28
21
Philadelphia
26
23
Philadelphia
26
20
Providence
23
26
Boston
22
27
Providence
20
4
Detroit
42
13
New York
42
20
Chicago
36
17
New York
33
22
Chicago
31
11
Philadelphia
30
9
Detroit
30
11
Boston
27
31
Philadelphia
24
18
Chicago
23
6
Boston
22
18
Chicago
38
21
New York
35
19
Detroit
29
13
Philadelphia
28
13
Pittsburgh
28
21
Boston
24
23
Washington
24
21
Philadelphia
22
10
New York
22
15
Philadelphia
21
17
Boston
21
14
New York
35
12
Boston
33
20
Detroit
30
14
Pittsburgh
29
23
Philadelphia
28
17
New York
26
19
Chicago
25
14
Pittsburgh
23
25
Boston
49
19
Philadelphia
28
16
New York
28
13
New York
27
12
Pittsburgh
23
16
Cleveland
22
17
Indianapolis
21
23
Pittsburgh
21
26
Cleveland
20
15
Boston
20
11
Twenty Wins Club
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baseball almanac fast facts

Did you know that during the 1876 season Jim Devlin and Bobby Mathews became the first twenty (20) plus game winners to have more losses than victories?

Jim McCormick left the National League in 1884 to play in the Union Association. He missed making the National League list by one (1), yet went on to win a combined dual league total of forty-one (41) victories.

During the 1884 season Old Hoss Radbourn set the all time single season record for most wins in ANY league ever by any pitcher.

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