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Who was the last major league pitcher to win 30 games in one season?


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2015-07-14 23:32:44
2015-07-14 23:32:44

Denny McLain in 1968. Before that the last one was Dizzy Dean in 1934. Lefty Grove did it before that in 1931 and twice in the twenties, as did Grover Cleveland Alexander. Apart from that you have to go back to the dead-ball era. The most wins any pitcher had even coming close to that since then was 27 by Steve Carlton in 1972 and Bob Welch in 1990.

Before that you'd have to go back to 19th Century when teams rarely carried more than three or four pitchers on their roster. Win totals for pitchers were often 30 or more with Hoss Radbourne winning 60 games in one season, a record that is unlikely to ever be broken. With the 5 man pitching rotation today, it will likely never happen again. As a pitcher would be lucky to even get 30 starts in a season.

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