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.
"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)
In Chronological Order
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!