Year by Year Leaders for Wins

Ever wonder who had the most wins the year you were born? How about pitchers from you favorite team — have they ever led the league in wins? Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League games won for every season since 1876. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

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"Listen mister, no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!" - Wins Leader (1913-1916, 1918 & 1924) / Hall of Famer Walter Johnson

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Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Al Spalding

47

Chicago

1877 - - - 1877

Tommy Bond

40

Boston

1878 - - - 1878

Tommy Bond

40

Boston

1879 - - - 1879

John Ward

47

Providence

1880 - - - 1880

Jim McCormick

45

Cleveland

1881 - - - 1881

Larry Corcoran

31

Chicago

Jim Whitney

Boston

1882 - - - 1882

Jim McCormick

36

Cleveland

1883 - - - 1883

Old Hoss Radbourn

48

Providence

1884 - - - 1884

Old Hoss Radbourn

59

Providence

1885 - - - 1885

John Clarkson

53

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Lady Baldwin

42

Detroit

Tim Keefe

New York

1887 - - - 1887

John Clarkson

38

Chicago

1888 - - - 1888

Tim Keefe

35

New York

1889 - - - 1889

John Clarkson

49

Boston

1890 - - - 1890

Bill Hutchison

42

Chicago

1891 - - - 1891

Bill Hutchison

44

Chicago

1892 - - - 1892

Bill Hutchison

36

Chicago

Cy Young

Cleveland

1893 - - - 1893

Frank Killen

36

Pittsburgh

1894 - - - 1894

Amos Rusie

36

New York

1895 - - - 1895

Cy Young

35

Cleveland

1896 - - - 1896

Frank Killen

30

Pittsburgh

Kid Nichols

Boston

1897 - - - 1897

Kid Nichols

31

Boston

1898 - - - 1898

Kid Nichols

31

Boston

1899 - - - 1899

Jay Hughes

28

Brooklyn

Joe McGinnity

Baltimore

1900 - - - 1900

Joe McGinnity

28

Brooklyn

1901 Cy Young

33

Boston 1901

Bill Donovan

25

Brooklyn

1902 Cy Young

32

Boston 1902

Jack Chesbro

28

Pittsburgh

1903 Cy Young

28

Boston 1903

Joe McGinnity

31

New York

1904 Jack Chesbro

41

New York 1904

Joe McGinnity

35

New York

1905 Rube Waddell

27

Philadelphia 1905

Christy Mathewson

31

New York

1906 Al Orth

27

New York 1906

Joe McGinnity

27

New York

1907 Addie Joss

27

Cleveland 1907

Christy Mathewson

24

New York

Doc White Chicago
1908 Ed Walsh

40

Chicago 1908

Christy Mathewson

37

New York

1909 George Mullin

29

Detroit 1909

Mordecai Brown

27

Chicago

1910 Jack Coombs

31

Philadelphia 1910

Christy Mathewson

27

New York

1911 Jack Coombs

28

Philadelphia 1911

Grover Alexander

28

Philadelphia

1912 Joe Wood

34

Boston 1912

Larry Cheney

26

Chicago

Rube Marquard

New York

1913 Walter Johnson

36

Washington 1913

Tom Seaton

27

Philadelphia

1914 Walter Johnson

28

Washington 1914

Grover Alexander

27

Philadelphia

1915 Walter Johnson

27

Washington 1915

Grover Alexander

31

Philadelphia

1916 Walter Johnson

25

Washington 1916

Grover Alexander

33

Philadelphia

1917 Eddie Cicotte

28

Chicago 1917

Grover Alexander

30

Philadelphia

1918 Walter Johnson

23

Washington 1918

Hippo Vaughn

22

Chicago

1919 Eddie Cicotte

29

Chicago 1919

Jesse Barnes

25

New York

1920 Jim Bagby

31

Cleveland 1920

Grover Alexander

27

Chicago

1921 Carl Mays

27

New York 1921

Wilbur Cooper

22

Pittsburgh

Urban Shocker St. Louis

Burleigh Grimes

Brooklyn

1922 Eddie Rommel

27

Philadelphia 1922

Eppa Rixey

25

Cincinnati

1923 George Uhle

26

Cleveland 1923

Dolf Luque

27

Cincinnati

1924 Walter Johnson

23

Washington 1924

Dazzy Vance

28

Brooklyn

1925 Ted Lyons

21

Chicago 1925

Dazzy Vance

22

Brooklyn

Eddie Rommel Philadelphia
1926 George Uhle

27

Cleveland 1926

Pete Donohue

20

Cincinnati

Ray Kremer

Pittsburgh

Lee Meadows

Pittsburgh

Flint Rhem

St. Louis

1927 Waite Hoyt

22

New York 1927

Charlie Root

26

Chicago

Ted Lyons Chicago
1928 Lefty Grove

24

Philadelphia 1928

Larry Benton

25

New York

George Pipgras New York

Burleigh Grimes

Pittsburgh

1929 George Earnshaw

24

Philadelphia 1929

Pat Malone

22

Chicago

1930 Lefty Grove

28

Philadelphia 1930

Ray Kremer

20

Pittsburgh

Pat Malone

Chicago

1931 Lefty Grove

31

Philadelphia 1931

Jumbo Elliott

19

Philadelphia

Bill Hallahan

St. Louis

Heinie Meine

Pittsburgh

1932 Alvin Crowder

26

Washington 1932

Lon Warneke

22

Chicago

1933 Alvin Crowder

24

Washington 1933

Carl Hubbell

23

New York

Lefty Grove Philadelphia
1934 Lefty Gomez

26

New York 1934

Dizzy Dean

30

St. Louis

1935 Wes Ferrell

25

Boston 1935

Dizzy Dean

28

St. Louis

1936 Tommy Bridges

23

Detroit 1936

Carl Hubbell

26

New York

1937 Lefty Gomez

21

New York 1937

Carl Hubbell

22

New York

1938 Red Ruffing

21

New York 1938

Bill Lee

22

Chicago

1939 Bob Feller

24

Cleveland 1939

Bucky Walters

27

Cincinnati

1940 Bob Feller

27

Cleveland 1940

Bucky Walters

22

Cincinnati

1941 Bob Feller

25

Cleveland 1941

Kirby Higbe

22

Brooklyn

Whit Wyatt

Brooklyn

1942 Tex Hughson

22

Boston 1942

Mort Cooper

22

St. Louis

1943 Spud Chandler

20

New York 1943

Mort Cooper

21

St. Louis

Dizzy Trout Detroit

Elmer Riddle

Cincinnati

Rip Sewell

Pittsburgh

1944 Hal Newhouser

29

Detroit 1944

Bucky Walters

23

Cincinnati

1945 Hal Newhouser

25

Detroit 1945

Red Barrett

23

Boston

St. Louis

1946 Bob Feller

26

Cleveland 1946

Howie Pollet

21

St. Louis

Hal Newhouser Detroit
1947 Bob Feller

20

Cleveland 1947

Ewell Blackwell

22

Cincinnati

1948 Hal Newhouser

21

Detroit 1948

Johnny Sain

24

Boston

1949 Mel Parnell

25

Boston 1949

Warren Spahn

21

Boston

1950 Bob Lemon

23

Cleveland 1950

Warren Spahn

21

Boston

1951 Bob Feller

22

Cleveland 1951

Larry Jansen

23

New York

Sal Maglie

New York

1952 Bobby Shantz

24

Philadelphia 1952

Robin Roberts

28

Philadelphia

1953 Bob Porterfield

22

Washington 1953

Robin Roberts

23

Philadelphia

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1954 Bob Lemon

23

Cleveland 1954

Robin Roberts

23

Philadelphia

Early Wynn Cleveland
1955 Whitey Ford

18

New York 1955

Robin Roberts

23

Philadelphia

Bob Lemon Cleveland
Frank Sullivan Boston
1956 Frank Lary

21

Detroit 1956

Don Newcombe

27

Brooklyn

1957 Jim Bunning

20

Detroit 1957

Warren Spahn

21

Milwaukee

Billy Pierce Chicago
1958 Bob Turley

21

New York 1958

Bob Friend

22

Pittsburgh

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1959 Early Wynn

22

Chicago 1959

Lew Burdette

21

Milwaukee

Sam Jones

San Francisco

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1960 Chuck Estrada

18

Baltimore 1960

Ernie Broglio

21

St. Louis

Jim Perry Cleveland

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1961 Whitey Ford

25

New York 1961

Joey Jay

21

Cincinnati

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1962 Ralph Terry

23

New York 1962

Don Drysdale

25

Los Angeles

1963 Whitey Ford

24

New York 1963

Sandy Koufax

25

Los Angeles

Juan Marichal

San Francisco

1964 Dean Chance

20

Los Angeles 1964

Larry Jackson

24

Chicago

Gary Peters Chicago
1965 Mudcat Grant

21

Minnesota 1965

Sandy Koufax

26

Los Angeles

1966 Jim Kaat

25

Minnesota 1966

Sandy Koufax

27

Los Angeles

1967 Jim Lonborg

22

Boston 1967

Mike McCormick

22

San Francisco

Earl Wilson Detroit
1968 Denny McLain

31

Detroit 1968

Juan Marichal

26

San Francisco

1969 Denny McLain

24

Detroit 1969

Tom Seaver

25

New York

1970 Mike Cuellar

24

Baltimore 1970

Bob Gibson

23

St. Louis

Dave McNally Baltimore

Gaylord Perry

San Francisco

Jim Perry Minnesota
1971 Mickey Lolich

25

Detroit 1971

Fergie Jenkins

24

Chicago

1972 Gaylord Perry

24

Cleveland 1972

Steve Carlton

27

Philadelphia

Wilbur Wood Chicago
1973 Wilbur Wood

24

Chicago 1973

Ron Bryant

24

San Francisco

1974 Catfish Hunter

25

Oakland 1974

Andy Messersmith

20

Los Angeles

Fergie Jenkins Texas

Phil Niekro

Atlanta

1975 Catfish Hunter

23

New York 1975

Tom Seaver

22

New York

Jim Palmer Baltimore
1976 Jim Palmer

22

Baltimore 1976

Randy Jones

22

San Diego

1977 Dave Goltz

20

Minnesota 1977

Steve Carlton

23

Philadelphia

Dennis Leonard Kansas City
Jim Palmer Baltimore
1978 Ron Guidry

25

New York 1978

Gaylord Perry

21

San Diego

1979 Mike Flanagan

23

Baltimore 1979

Joe Niekro

21

Houston

Phil Niekro

Atlanta

1980 Steve Stone

25

Baltimore 1980

Steve Carlton

24

Philadelphia

1981 Dennis Martinez

14

Baltimore 1981

Tom Seaver

14

Cincinnati

Steve McCatty Oakland
Jack Morris Detroit
Pete Vuckovich Milwaukee
1982 La Marr Hoyt

19

Chicago 1982

Steve Carlton

23

Philadelphia

1983 La Marr Hoyt

24

Chicago 1983

John Denny

19

Philadelphia

1984 Mike Boddicker

20

Baltimore 1984

Joaquin Andujar

20

St. Louis

1985 Ron Guidry

22

New York 1985

Dwight Gooden

24

New York

1986 Roger Clemens

24

Boston 1986

Fernando Valenzuela

21

Los Angeles

1987 Roger Clemens

20

Boston 1987

Rick Sutcliffe

18

Chicago

Dave Stewart Oakland
1988 Frank Viola

24

Minnesota 1988

Orel Hershiser

23

Los Angeles

Danny Jackson

Cincinnati

1989 Bret Saberhagen

23

Kansas City 1989

Mike Scott

20

Houston

1990 Bob Welch

27

Oakland 1990

Doug Drabek

22

Pittsburgh

1991 Scott Erickson

20

Minnesota 1991

Tom Glavine

20

Atlanta

Bill Gullickson Detroit

John Smiley

Pittsburgh

1992 Kevin Brown

21

Texas 1992

Tom Glavine

20

Atlanta

Jack Morris Toronto

Greg Maddux

Chicago

1993 Jack McDowell

22

Chicago 1993

John Burkett

22

San Francisco

Tom Glavine

Atlanta

1994 Jimmy Key

17

New York 1994

Ken Hill

16

Montreal

Greg Maddux

Atlanta

1995 Mike Mussina

19

Baltimore 1995

Greg Maddux

19

Atlanta

1996 Andy Pettitte

21

New York 1996

John Smoltz

24

Atlanta

1997 Roger Clemens

21

Toronto 1997

Denny Neagle

20

Atlanta

1998 Roger Clemens

20

Toronto 1998

Tom Glavine

20

Atlanta

David Cone New York
Rick Helling Texas
1999 Pedro Martinez

23

Boston 1999

Mike Hampton

22

Houston

2000 Tim Hudson

20

Oakland 2000

Tom Glavine

21

Atlanta

David Wells Toronto
2001 Mark Mulder

21

Oakland 2001

Matt Morris

22

St. Louis

Curt Schilling

Arizona

2002 Barry Zito

23

Oakland 2002

Randy Johnson

24

Arizona

2003 Roy Halladay

22

Toronto 2003

Russ Ortiz

21

Atlanta

2004 Curt Schilling

21

Boston 2004

Roy Oswalt

20

Houston

2005 Bartolo Colon

21

Los Angeles 2005

Dontrelle Willis

22

Florida

2006 Johan Santana

19

Minnesota 2006

Aaron Harang

16

Cincinnati

Chien-Ming Wang New York

Derek Lowe

Los Angeles

Brad Penny

Los Angeles

John Smoltz

Atlanta

Brandon Webb

Arizona

Carlos Zambrano

Chicago

2007 Josh Beckett

20

Boston 2007

Jake Peavy

19

San Diego

2008 Cliff Lee

22

Cleveland 2008

Brandon Webb

22

Arizona

2009 Felix Hernandez

19

Seattle 2009

Adam Wainwright

19

St. Louis

CC Sabathia New York
Justin Verlander Detroit
2010 CC Sabathia

21

New York 2010

Roy Halladay

21

Philadelphia

2011 Justin Verlander

24

Detroit 2011

Ian Kennedy

21

Arizona

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles

2012 David Price

20

Tampa Bay 2012

Gio Gonzalez

21

Washington

Jered Weaver Los Angeles
2013 Max Scherzer

21

Detroit 2013

Adam Wainwright

19

St. Louis

Jordan Zimmermann

Washington

2014 Corey Kluber

18

Cleveland 2014

Clayton Kershaw

21

Los Angeles

Max Scherzer Detroit
Jered Weaver Los Angeles
2015 Dallas Keuchel

20

Houston 2015

Jake Arrieta

22

Chicago

2016 Rick Porcello

22

Boston 2016

Max Scherzer

20

Washington

2017 Carlos Carrasco

18

Cleveland 2017

Clayton Kershaw

18

Los Angeles

Corey Kluber Cleveland
Jason Vargas Kansas City
2018 Blake Snell

21

Tampa Bay 2018

Jon Lester

18

Chicago

Miles Mikolas

St. Louis

Max Scherzer

Washington

2019 Justin Verlander

21

Houston 2019

Stephen Strasburg

18

Washington

2020 Shane Bieber

8

Cleveland 2020

Yu Darvish

8

Chicago

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In 1968 Denny McLain won thirty-one regular season games becoming the first pitcher since 1934 ( Dizzy Dean of St. Louis) to win more than thirty regulation games in a single season.

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