20 Wins Club : 1951 - 1975

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 1951 through 1975 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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"Whenever I threw a home-run ball, and Lord knows I threw plenty of them, I usually knew as soon as I saw that full swing what I had done wrong." - Robin Roberts (five time twenty-game winner in the National League)

Twenty Wins Club
'1951 to 1975'

National League

In Chronological Order

New York
23
11
New York
23
6
Brooklyn
22
3
Boston
22
14
Philadelphia
21
15
Pittsburgh
20
16
Brooklyn
20
9
Philadelphia
28
7
Philadelphia
23
16
Milwaukee
23
7
Brooklyn
20
6
St. Louis
20
9
Philadelphia
23
15
New York
21
7
Milwaukee
21
12
Philadelphia
23
14
Brooklyn
20
5
Brooklyn
27
7
New York
20
13
Milwaukee
20
11
Milwaukee
21
7
Pittsburgh
22
14
Milwaukee
22
11
Milwaukee
20
10
Milwaukee
21
15
San Francisco
21
15
Milwaukee
21
15
St. Louis
21
9
Milwaukee
21
10
Pittsburgh
20
9
Cincinnati
21
10
Milwaukee
21
13
Los Angeles
25
9
San Francisco
24
7
Cincinnati
23
15
Cincinnati
21
14
Los Angeles
25
5
San Francisco
25
8
Cincinnati
23
7
Milwaukee
23
7
Chicago
22
10
Chicago
24
11
San Francisco
21
8
St. Louis
20
11
Los Angeles
26
8
Milwaukee
24
11
Los Angeles
23
12
Cincinnati
22
10
San Francisco
22
13
St. Louis
20
12
Cincinnati
20
9
Los Angeles
27
9
San Francisco
25
6
St. Louis
21
12
San Francisco
21
8
Philadlephia
20
10
San Francisco
22
10
Chicago
20
13
San Francisco
26
9
St. Louis
22
9
Chicago
20
15
New York
25
7
Atlanta
23
13
Chicago
21
15
San Francisco
21
11
Houston
20
13
St. Louis
20
13
Chicago
20
14
Los Angeles
20
15
Los Angeles
20
12
St. Louis
23
7
San Francisco
23
13
Chicago
22
16
Cincinnati
20
12
Chicago
24
13
Los Angeles
20
9
St. Louis
20
9
New York
20
10
Philadelphia
27
10
New York
21
12
Chicago
20
12
Los Angeles
20
11
San Francisco
24
12
Los Angeles
20
6
Atlanta
20
13
New York
22
9
San Diego
20
12
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baseball almanac fast facts

In 1955 , Robin Roberts gave up forty-one (41) home runs during a twenty (20) win season. This is the most by National League pitcher during a twenty (20) win season and in 1979 Phil Niekro tied that long ball mark.

Which National League pitcher allowed the fewest home runs during a twenty (20) win season? Jesse Tannehill ( 1902 ), Deacon Phillippe ( 1905 ), Jake Weimer ( 1906 ) and Vic Willis ( 1906 ) did not allow any.

In 1919 , Slim Sallee won twenty-one (21) games, yet only struck out twenty-four (24) batters — a National League record amongst twenty (20) game winners.

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