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What Pitcher Won the Most Games During the 1960s?
During the 1960s, Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants won more games (191) than Sandy Koufax (137), Bob Gibson (163) and Denny McLain (114) – but never won a Cy Young award.
During the 1960s, he struck out more batters (1,840) than Sam McDowell (1,663) and Camilo Pascual (1,391) – but never led his league in that category.
During the 1960s, he posted a combined ERA of 2.57 -- lower than the decade ERAs for Bob Gibson (2.74), Dean Chance (2.77) and Whitey Ford (2.83) -- but won his league’s ERA crown only once in a 16-year career.
In any other decade, Marichal might have been the game’s most dominant pitcher.
But in the pitching-rich 1960s, he was “simply” one of a group of truly great, Hall of Fame pitchers – and quite probably the decade’s most underrated hurler.
Though rarely mentioned in the same breath with Koufax or Gibson, Marichal was baseball’s winningest pitcher during the 1960s, averaging 19 victories per season. Marichal won 20 or more game 6 times between 1963 and 1969, winning 25 or more games in three of those seasons.
In 1968, Marichal had his best season, finishing the year 26-9 with a 2.43 ERA. He led the league in victories, innings pitched (326) and complete games (30). He finished his career with 243 wins and a 2.89 ERA.