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Who Was the Oldest 20-Game Winner?
He was major league baseball’s winningest pitcher during the 1950s, yet Warren Spahn showed no sign of slowing down as he entered the 1960s and crossed the age 40 threshold. He won 21 games in both 1960 and 1961, “slipping” to 18-14 in 1962. His 21 victories in 1961 made him only the third pitcher in major league history to post a 20-win season after turning 40. Grover Alexander won 21 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1927, and Cy Young did it twice: winning 21 games for the Boston Red Sox in both 1907 (age 40) and 1908 (age 41).
But Spahn’s last great season in 1963 topped them all. The Braves southpaw finished the year at 23-7 with a 2.60 ERA. He pitched 7 shutouts that year and led the major leagues with 22 complete games. (Contrast that with last year’s major league leader, Roy Halladay, who tallied 9 complete games.)
Spahn was 42 during the 1963 season. That made him the oldest 20-game winner in baseball history.