20 Wins Club : 1976 - 2019

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 1976 through 2018, who are members of the National League 20 Wins Club.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"He (Gaylord Perry) gave me a jar of Vaseline. I thanked him and gave him a piece of sandpaper." - Don Sutton (one time National League twenty-game winner)

Twenty Wins Club
'1976 - 2019'

National League

In Chronological Order

San Diego
22
14
New York
21
10
Los Angeles
21
10
Philadelphia
20
7
Houston
20
15
Philadelphia
23
10
New York (7) & Cincinnati (14)
21
6
Pittsburgh
20
5
St. Louis
20
7
Los Angeles
20
7
Chicago
20
10
San Diego
21
6
Montreal
20
11
Houston
21
11
Atlanta
21
20
Philadelphia
24
9
Houston
20
12
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Philadelphia
23
11
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Chicago (16) & Cleveland (A.L. 4)
20
6
St. Louis
20
14
New York
24
4
St. Louis
21
12
St. Louis
21
8
Cincinnati
20
9
Los Angeles
21
11
San Francisco
20
9
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Los Angeles
23
8
Cincinnati
23
8
New York
20
3
Houston
20
10
Pittsburgh
22
6
Los Angeles
20
6
New York
20
12
Atlanta
20
11
Pittsburgh
20
8
Atlanta
20
8
Chicago
20
11
San Francisco
22
7
Atlanta
22
6
San Francisco
21
8
Atlanta
20
10
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Accomplished
n/a
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Atlanta
24
8
Atlanta
20
5
Atlanta
20
6
Houston
22
4
Houston
21
10
Atlanta
21
9
St. Louis
20
9
St. Louis
22
8
Arizona
22
6
Arizona
21
6
Chicago
20
6
Arizona
24
5
Arizona
23
5
Montreal (10) & Cleveland (A.L. 10)
20
8
Atlanta
21
7
Houston
20
10
Florida
22
10
St. Louis
21
5
Houston
20
12
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Accomplished
n/a
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Arizona
22
7
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Philadelphia
21
10
St. Louis
20
11
Arizona
21
4
Los Angeles
21
5
Washington
21
8
New York
20
6
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Los Angeles
21
3
Cincinnati
20
9
St. Louis
20
9
Chicago
22
6
Washington
20
7
Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Accomplished
n/a
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Not Yet Accomplished
n/a
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2020
Top 25
Twenty Wins Club | * = Two Leagues
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baseball almanac fast facts

In 1991 , John Smiley tossed the fewest amount of innings two-hundred seven and two-thirds by a National League twenty game winner. By comparison; Will White , who holds the record for most innings pitched by a National League twenty game winner, threw six-hundred eighty in 1879 .

Did you know that can use this chart to easily determine who the first (or every) twenty game winner was from your favorite team?

In 1960 , Ernie Broglio won 21-games and set a National League record amongst twenty game winners for fewest hits allowed with 172. In 2012 , the record was crushed by Gio Gonzalez , who had 21-wins, but only allowed 149 hits all season. Then, in 2014 , Clayton Kershaw broke that marks, 21-wins, only 139 hits allowed!

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