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.
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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.