List of Major League Baseball wins records

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The following is a listing of pitching win and winning percentage records in Major League Baseball. All teams are considered to be members of the American or National Leagues, unless noted. Players denoted in boldface are still actively contributing to the record noted. An (r) denotes a player's rookie season.

Career record for most wins[edit]

[1]

Top 10 career wins by league[edit]

American League Pitcher Throws Wins(-Losses) National League Pitcher Throws Wins(-Losses)
Walter Johnson R 417-279[2] Christy Mathewson R 373-188[3]
Roger Clemens R 316-166[4] Grover Cleveland Alexander R 373-208[5]
Eddie Plank L 305-183[6] Pud Galvin R 349-295[7]
Lefty Grove L 300-141[8] Warren Spahn L 363-245[9]
Early Wynn R 300-244[10] Kid Nichols R 361-208[11]
Red Ruffing R 273-225[12] Greg Maddux R 355-227[13]
Mike Mussina R 270-153[14] Tim Keefe R 342-225[15]
Jim Palmer R 268-152[16] John Clarkson R 328-178[17]
Bob Feller R 266-162[18] Steve Carlton L 319-226[19]
Ted Lyons R 260-230[20] Mickey Welch R 307-210[21]

100 wins in two leagues[edit]

Pitcher AL Wins(-Losses) NL Wins(-Losses)
Al Orth[22] 104-117 100-72
Cy Young[23] 221-141 290-175
Jim Bunning[24] 118-87 106-97
Ferguson Jenkins[25] 115-93 169-133
Gaylord Perry[26] 139-130 175-135
Dennis Martínez[27] 141-115 104-78
Nolan Ryan[28] 189-160 135-132
Kevin Brown[29] 102-86 109-58
Randy Johnson[30] 164-93 139-73
Pedro Martínez[31] 117-37 102-63

45 wins, one season[edit]

Pitcher Wins(- Losses)[32] Throws Team Season
Albert Spalding 54-5 R Boston Red Stockings (NA) 1875
John Clarkson 53-16 R Chicago White Stockings 1885
Albert Spalding 52-16 R Boston Red Stockings (NA) 1874
John Clarkson 49-19 R Boston Beaneaters 1889
Charlie Buffinton 48-16 R Boston Beaneaters 1884
Albert Spalding 47-12 R Chicago White Stockings 1876
Silver King 45-21 R St. Louis Cardinals 1888

30 wins, one season, since 1901[edit]

Pitcher Wins(- Losses)[32] Throws Team Season
Jack Chesbro 41-12 R New York Highlanders 1904
Ed Walsh 40-15 R Chicago White Sox 1908
Christy Mathewson 37-11 R New York Giants 1908
Walter Johnson 36-7 R Washington Senators 1913
Joe McGinnity 35-8 R New York Giants 1904
Smoky Joe Wood 34-5 R Boston Red Sox 1912
Cy Young 33-10 R Boston Americans 1901
Christy Mathewson 33-12 R New York Giants 1904
Walter Johnson 33-12 R Washington Senators 1912
Grover Cleveland Alexander 33-12 R Philadelphia Phillies 1916
Cy Young 32-11 R Boston Americans 1902
Joe McGinnity 31-20 R New York Giants 1903
Christy Mathewson 31-9 R New York Giants 1905
Jack Coombs 31-9 R Philadelphia Athletics 1910
Grover Cleveland Alexander 31-10 R Philadelphia Phillies 1915
Jim Bagby 31-12 R Cleveland Indians 1920
Lefty Grove 31-4 L Philadelphia Athletics 1931
Denny McLain 31-6 R Detroit Tigers 1968
Grover Cleveland Alexander 30-13 R Philadelphia Phillies 1917
Dizzy Dean 30-7 R St. Louis Cardinals 1934
Christy Mathewson 30-13 R New York Giants 1903

Nine or more seasons with 20 wins[edit]

Pitcher Seasons Seasons and teams
Cy Young[23] 15 1891–98 (Cleveland Spiders), 1899 (St. Louis Cardinals), 1901–04, 07–08 (Boston Americans/Pilgrims/Red Sox)
Christy Mathewson[3] 13 1901, 03–14 (New York Giants)
Warren Spahn[9] 13 1947, 49–51, 53–54, 56–61, 63 (Bos-Mil Braves)
Walter Johnson[2] 12 1910–19, 24–25 (Washington Senators)
Kid Nichols[11] 11 1890–99, Boston Beaneaters, 1904 (St. Louis Cardinals)
Pud Galvin[7] 10 1879–84 (Buffalo Bisons), 1886–89 (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Charley Radbourn[33] 9 1881–85 (Providence Grays), 1886–87, 89 (Boston Beaneaters), 1890 (Boston Reds (PL))
Grover Cleveland Alexander[5] 9 1911, 13–17 (Philadelphia Phillies), 1920, 23 (Chicago Cubs), 1927 (St. Louis Cardinals)
Mickey Welch[21] 9 1880–81 (Troy Trojans), 1883–89 (New York Gothams/Giants)

Seven or more consecutive seasons with 20 wins[edit]

Pitcher Seasons Seasons and teams
Christy Mathewson[3] 12 1903–14 (New York Giants)
Kid Nichols[11] 101 1890–99, Boston Beaneaters
Walter Johnson[2] 10 1910–19 (Washington Senators)
Cy Young[23] 9 1891–98 (Cleveland Spiders), 1899 (St. Louis Cardinals)
John Clarkson[17] 8 1883–89 (Chicago White Stockings), 1888–91 (Boston Beaneaters), 1892 (Bos Beaneaters-Cle Spiders)
Joe McGinnity[34] 8 1899 (Baltimore Orioles (NL)), 1900 (Brooklyn Superbas), 1901 (Baltimore Orioles), 1902 (Bal Orioles-NY Giants), 1903–06 (New York Giants)
Jim McCormick[35] 7 1879–83 (Cleveland Spiders), 1884 (Cle Spiders-Cin Outlaw Reds (UA)), 1885 (Chicago White Stockings)
Charley Radbourn[33] 71 1881–85 (Providence Grays), 1886–87 (Boston Beaneaters)
Tim Keefe[15] 7 1883–89 (New York Gothams/Giants)
Mickey Welch[21] 7 1883–89 (New York Gothams/Giants)
Gus Weyhing[36] 7 1887–90 (Philadelphia Athletics (AA)), 1890 (Brooklyn Wonders (PL)), 1891 (Philadelphia Athletics (II) (AA)), 1892–93 (Philadelphia Phillies)
Lefty Grove[8] 7 1927–33 (Philadelphia Athletics)

Thirteen or more seasons with 15 wins[edit]

Pitcher Seasons Seasons and teams
Cy Young[23] 18 1891–98 (Cleveland Spiders), 1899–1900 (St. Louis Cardinals), 1901–05, 07–08 (Boston Americans/Pilgrims/Red Sox), 1909 (Cleveland Naps)
Greg Maddux[13] 18 1988–92, 2004 (Chicago Cubs), 1993–2003 (Atlanta Braves), 2006 (Chi Cubs-LA Dodgers)
Walter Johnson[2] 16 1910–19, 21–26 (Washington Senators)
Warren Spahn[9] 16 1947–51, 53–63 (Boston-Milwaukee Braves)
Eddie Plank[6] 15 1901–07, 09–14 (Philadelphia Athletics), 1915 (St. Louis Terriers (FL)), 1916 (St. Louis Browns)
Grover Cleveland Alexander[5] 15 1911–17 (Philadelphia Phillies), 1919–23, 25 (Chicago Cubs), 1927–28 (St. Louis Cardinals)
Christy Mathewson[3] 13 1901, 1903–14 (New York Giants)
Gaylord Perry[26] 13 1966–71 (San Francisco Giants), 1972–74 (Cleveland Indians), 1975 (Cle Indians-Tex Rangers), 1976–77 (Texas Rangers), 1978 (San Diego Padres)
Phil Niekro[37] 13 1969, 71–72, 74–80, 82 (Atlanta Braves), 1984–85 (New York Yankees)
Tom Seaver[38] 13 1967–73, 75 (New York Mets), 1977 (NY Mets-Cin Reds), 1978–79 (Cincinnati Reds), 1984–85 (Chicago White Sox)

Ten or more consecutive seasons with 15 wins[edit]

Pitcher Seasons Seasons and teams
Greg Maddux[13] 17 1988–92, 2004 (Chicago Cubs), 1993–2003 (Atlanta Braves)
Cy Young[23] 15 1891–98 (Cleveland Spiders), 1899–1900 (St. Louis Cardinals), 1901–05 (Boston Americans/Pilgrims/Red Sox)
Gaylord Perry[26] 13 1966–71 (San Francisco Giants), 1972–74 (Cleveland Indians), 1975 (Cle Indians-Tex Rangers), 1976–77 (Texas Rangers), 1978 (San Diego Padres)
Christy Mathewson[3] 12 1903–14 (New York Giants)
Pud Galvin[7] 11 1879–84 (Buffalo Bisons), 1885 (Buf Bisons-Pittsburgh Pirates), 1886–89 (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Warren Spahn[9] 11 1953–63 (Boston-Milwaukee Braves)
Tim Keefe[15] 10 1881–82 (Troy Trojans), 1883–90 (New York Metropolitans/Giants)
Walter Johnson[2] 10 1910–19 (Washington Senators)

League leader in wins, 5 or more seasons[edit]

Pitcher Titles[39] Years and teams
Warren Spahn 8 1949–50, 53, 57–61 (Boston-Milwaukee Braves)
Albert Spalding 6 1871–75 (Boston Red Stockings (NA)), 1876 (Chicago White Stockings)
Grover Cleveland Alexander 6 1911, 14–17 (Philadelphia Phillies), 1920 (Chicago Cubs)
Walter Johnson 6 1913–16, 18, 24 (Washington Senators)
Bob Feller 6 1939–41, 46–47, 51 (Cleveland Indians)
Cy Young 5 1892, 95 (Cleveland Spiders), 1901–03 (Boston Americans)
Joe McGinnity 5 1899 (Baltimore Orioles), 1900 (Brooklyn Superbas), 1903–04, 06 (New York Giants)
Tom Glavine 5 1991–93, 98, 2000 (Atlanta Braves)

League leader in wins, 3 or more consecutive seasons[edit]

Pitcher Titles[39] Years and teams
Albert Spalding 6 1871–75 (Boston Red Stockings (NA)), 1876 (Chicago White Stockings)
Warren Spahn 5 1957–61 (Boston-Milwaukee Braves)
Walter Johnson 4 1913–16 (Washington Senators)
Robin Roberts 4 1952–55 (Philadelphia Phillies)
Bill Hutchinson 3 1890–92 (Chicago Colts)
Kid Nichols 3 1896–98 (Boston Beaneaters)
Cy Young 3 1901–03 (Boston Americans)
Bob Feller 3 1939–41 (Cleveland Indians)
Jim Palmer 3 1975–77 (Baltimore Orioles)
Tom Glavine 3 1991–93 (Atlanta Braves)

League leader in wins, two leagues[edit]

Pitcher League, team and year[39]
Albert Spalding NA: Boston Red Stockings (1871–75), NL: Chicago White Stockings (1876)
Cy Young NL: Cleveland Spiders (1892, 95), AL: Boston Americans (1901–03)
Jack Chesbro NL: Pittsburgh Pirates (1902), AL: New York Highlanders (1904)
Gaylord Perry NL: San Francisco Giants (1970), San Diego Padres (1978), AL: Cleveland Indians (1972)
Ferguson Jenkins NL: Chicago Cubs (1971), AL: Texas Rangers (1974)
Roy Halladay AL: Toronto Blue Jays (2003), NL: Philadelphia Phillies (2010)

League leader in wins, three decades[edit]

Pitcher Team and year[39]
Bob Feller 1939–41, 46, 47, 51 (Cleveland Indians)
Warren Spahn 1949–50, 53, 57–61 (Boston-Milwaukee Braves)
Tom Seaver 1969, 75 (New York Mets), 1981 (Cincinnati Reds)

League leader in wins, three different teams[edit]

Pitcher Team and year[39]
Joe McGinnity Baltimore Orioles (1899), Brooklyn Superbas (1900), New York Giants (1903–04, 06)

0.650 win-loss percentage, career[edit]

see notes2 3

Pitcher Wins-Losses Winning Percentage[40]
Albert Spalding 252-65 0.795
Dave Foutz 147-66 0.69014
Whitey Ford 236-106 0.69005
Bob Caruthers 218-99 0.688
Pedro Martínez 219-100 0.687
Lefty Grove 300-141 0.680
Larry Corcoran 177-89 0.6654
Christy Mathewson 373-188 0.6649
Roy Halladay 203-105 0.659
Vic Raschi 132-66 0.667 (0.660)4
Sam Leever 194-100 0.660
Johan Santana 133-69 0.65842
Roger Clemens 354-184 0.65799
Dick McBride 149-78 0.656
Tim Hudson 165-87 0.6548
Sandy Koufax 165-87 0.6548
Johnny Allen 142-75 0.6544
Ron Guidry 170-91 0.651

0.875 winning percentage, season[edit]

see note5

Pitcher Winning Pct.[41] Wins-Losses Team Season
Roy Face 0.947 18-1 Pittsburgh Pirates 1959
Rick Sutcliffe 0.941 16-1 Chicago Cubs 1984
Johnny Allen 0.938 15-1 Cleveland Indians 1937
Phil Regan 0.933 14-1 Los Angeles Dodgers 1966
Albert Spalding 0.915 54-5 Boston Red Caps (NA) 1875
Greg Maddux 0.905 19-2 Atlanta Braves 1995
Randy Johnson 0.900 18-2 Seattle Mariners 1995
Ron Guidry 0.893 25-3 New York Yankees 1978
Jack Manning 0.889 16-2 Boston Red Caps (NA) 1875
Freddie Fitzsimmons 0.889 16-2 Brooklyn Dodgers 1940
Lefty Grove 0.886 31-4 Philadelphia Athletics 1931
Bob Stanley 0.882 15-2 Boston Red Sox 1978
Preacher Roe 0.880 22-3 Brooklyn Dodgers 1951
Cliff Lee 0.880 22-3 Cleveland Indians 2008
Fred Goldsmith 0.875 21-3 Chicago White Stockings 1880
Deacon Phillippe 0.875 14-2 Pittsburgh Pirates 1910
Ron Davis 0.875 14-2 New York Yankees 1979 (r)
Max Scherzer 0.875 21-3 Detroit Tigers 2013
Clayton Kershaw 0.875 21-3 Los Angeles Dodgers 2014
Tom Seaver 0.875 14-2 Cincinnati Reds 1981

Notes[edit]

  1. Nichols' and Radbourn's streaks date from the start of their careers; the only pitchers to start their careers with streaks of seven consecutive season of 20 wins.
  2. Winning percentage is generally computed to the thousandths place. When necessary, the percentage is computed to greater precision to establish a true order.
  3. Minimum of 200 decisions (wins + losses).
  4. Vic Rasci's record of 132-66 (0.667) does not meet the minimum number of decisions to qualify for this list, however, when he is credited with two additional losses, his percentage drops to 0.660, which still qualifies him for this listing.
  5. Minimum of 15 decisions.

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