20 Wins Club : 1926 - 1950

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.

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"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)

Twenty Wins Club
'1926 to 1950'

National League

In Chronological Order

Cincinnati
20
14
Pittsburgh
20
6
Pittsburgh
20
9
St. Louis
20
7
Chicago
26
15
St. Louis
24
10
Pittsburgh
22
11
St. Louis
21
10
New York
25
9
Pittsburgh
25
14
Brooklyn
22
10
St. Louis
21
10
St. Louis
20
8
New York
20
9
Chicago
22
10
Pittsburgh
20
12
Chicago
20
9
Not Acomplished
n/a
n/a
n/a
Chicago
22
6
Brooklyn
20
12
New York
23
12
Chicago
20
12
Boston
20
10
St. Louis
20
18
St. Louis
30
7
New York
23
10
Chicago
22
10
New York
21
12
St. Louis
28
12
New York
23
12
Cincinnati
22
13
Chicago
20
6
Chicago
20
13
New York
26
6
St. Louis
24
13
New York
22
8
Boston
20
10
New York
20
9
Boston
20
11
Chicago
22
9
Cincinnati
21
14
Cincinnati
27
11
Cincinnati
25
7
St. Louis
22
16
Brooklyn
20
13
Cincinnati
22
10
Chicago
20
13
Cincinnati
20
12
Brooklyn
22
10
Brooklyn
22
9
St. Louis
22
7
St. Louis
21
6
St. Louis
21
8
Cincinnati
21
11
Pittsburgh
21
9
Cincinnati
23
8
St. Louis
22
7
Pittsburgh
21
12
New York
21
16
Boston (2) & St. Louis (21)
23
12
Chicago
22
10
New York (A.L. 10) & Chicago (11)
21
7
St. Louis
21
10
Boston
20
14
Cincinnati
22
8
Brooklyn
21
12
New York
21
5
Boston
21
12
Boston
21
10
Boston
24
15
St. Louis
20
7
Boston
21
14
St. Louis
20
9
Boston
21
17
Philadelphia
20
11
Boston
20
13
Twenty Wins Club | * = Two Leagues
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baseball almanac fast facts

Who had the most saves during a National League twenty win season? Mordecai Brown with thirteen during his 1911 campaign.

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.

The worst earned run average by a National League twenty game winner? Ray Kremer with 5.02 in 1930 . Best ERA? Mordecai Brown with 1.04 in 1906 .

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