20 Wins Club : 1901 - 1925

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 1901 through 1925 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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"I owe everything I have to them when I'm out there on the mound. But I owe the fans nothing and they owe me nothing when I am not pitching." - Christy Mathewson

Twenty Wins Club
'1901 to 1925'

National League

In Chronological Order

Brooklyn
25
15
St. Louis
23
13
Cincinnati
22
19
Pittsburgh
22
12
Pittsburgh
21
10
Philadelphia
21
13
New York
20
17
Philadelphia
20
12
Boston
20
17
Pittsburgh
28
6
Boston
27
16
Boston
27
20
Cincinnati
23
12
Chicago
23
11
Baltimore (A.L. 13) & New York (8)
21
18
Pittsburgh
20
6
Pittsburgh
20
9
New York
31
20
New York
30
13
Pittsburgh
25
7
Pittsburgh
25
9
Cincinnati
22
12
Brooklyn
22
13
Chicago
21
14
Chicago
20
8
Chicago
20
9
New York
35
8
New York
33
12
Cincinnati
23
9
St. Louis
21
13
New York
21
15
St. Louis
20
19
Chicago
20
14
New York
31
9
Philadelphia
23
14
New York
22
8
New York
21
15
Cincinnati
20
11
Pittsburgh
20
5
Pittsburgh
20
13
Boston
20
21
New York
27
12
Chicago
26
6
Pittsburgh
23
13
Pittsburgh
22
7
New York
22
12
Chicago
20
8
St. Louis (8) & Chicago (12)
20
12
Cincinnati
20
14
New York
24
12
Chicago
23
7
Philadelphia
22
8
Pittsburgh
21
11
Chicago
20
6
Pittsburgh
20
16
New York
37
11
Chicago
29
9
Chicago
24
7
Pittsburgh
23
8
Philadelphia
23
17
Pittsburgh
23
11
New York
23
14
Chicago
27
9
Pittsburgh
25
6
New York
25
6
Pittsburgh
22
11
Chicago
20
11
New York
20
11
New York
27
9
Chicago
25
14
Philadelphia
22
15
Chicago
20
4
Cincinnati
20
12
Philadelphia
28
13
New York
26
13
New York
24
7
St. Louis
23
16
Pittsburgh
22
12
Brooklyn
22
18
Chicago
21
11
Pittsburgh
20
15
Chicago
26
10
New York
26
11
Pittsburgh
24
9
New York
23
12
Pittsburgh
22
12
Philadelphia
27
12
New York
25
11
New York
23
10
Philadelphia
22
8
New York
22
13
Pittsburgh
21
10
Chicago
21
14
Philadelphia
27
15
Boston
26
7
Boston
26
10
New York
26
10
New York
24
13
Brooklyn
23
12
Philadelphia
21
19
Chicago
21
13
Chicago
20
18
Philadelphia
31
10
Boston
22
19
Pittsburgh
21
8
Philadelphia
21
15
Chicago
20
12
Philadelphia
33
12
Brooklyn
25
11
Philadelphia
22
10
Pittsburgh
21
15
Philadelphia
30
13
Cincinnati
24
16
Chicago
23
13
New York
21
7
Cincinnati
20
19
Chicago
22
10
Chicago
20
7
New York
25
9
Cincinnati
21
7
Chicago
21
14
Chicago
27
14
Pittsburgh
24
15
Brooklyn
23
11
New York
21
12
New York
21
11
New York
20
15
St. Louis
20
12
Pittsburgh
22
14
Brooklyn
22
13
New York
20
10
Boston
20
14
Cincinnati
25
13
Pittsburgh
23
14
Brooklyn
21
12
Cincinnati
27
8
Pittsburgh
25
13
Chicago
22
12
Cincinnati
21
15
Brooklyn
21
18
St. Louis
20
13
Cincinnati
20
15
Brooklyn
28
6
Brooklyn
22
13
Pittsburgh
20
14
Cincinnati
20
9
Brooklyn
22
9
Cincinnati
21
14
Cincinnati
21
11
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baseball almanac fast facts

Did you know that Will White set the National League record for complete games by a twenty (20) game winner in 1879 with seventy-five (75)?

More than one-hundred years later Bill Swift in 1993 pitched only one (1) complete game which is the least tossed by a National League twenty (20) game winner.

In 1916 Grover Alexander tossed sixteen (16) shutouts. Those shutouts tied the National League record for twenty (20) game winners set by George Bradley in 1876 .

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