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 1926 through 1950 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.
"Too many people try to make it (pitching) more complicated than it really is." - Robin Roberts (five time twenty-game winner in the National League)
In Chronological Order
Did you know that amongst National League twenty game winners, Amos Rusie stands alone when walking batters? In 1890 , Rusie walked a record two-hundred eighty-nine batters during a twenty win season and he has the second and third most bases on balls marks as well.