When Tim Wakefield decided to call it a career, he retired as 1 of only 8 pitchers to win at least 200 games in the majors without racking up a 20 win season. In fact Wakefield won his 200 games without ever winning more than 17 games in a season. The other pitchers in this small club are:
- Dennis Martinez (245 Career W, 16 W Seasonal High)
- Frank Tanana (240, 19)
- Jerry Reuss (220, 18)
- Kenny Rogers (219, 18)
- Charlie Hough (216, 18)
- Milt Pappas (209, 17)
- Chuck Finley (200, 18)
In honor of this stat, I thought it might be interesting to examine the career records for all pitchers at each career high win number. Who had the most wins winning only 1 game a season? Which 20 game winner had the fewest career wins (a question that came from Tmckelv on another thread) How many pitchers have won 19 games in a season, but not 20? If a pitcher wins 15 games in a season, how many career wins can we expect him to have? etc.
Here is a table summarizing all of the information since 1871. All players are sorted by the most wins that they recorded in a season. The other columns show the number of players that met that criteria and the smallest, largest and average number of career wins for those players.
All data was derived from the Lahaman Database with some of the links created by the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index. The one discrepancy that I noticed is noted on the table. Lahman has Charlie Bartson with 8 wins and b-r has him with 9.