In Major League Baseball
, the 300 win club
refers to the group of pitchers
—24 as of 2011—who have won
300 or more games. While the "300 club" is an informal group, becoming a member is among the highest accomplishments a starting pitcher can achieve. Several members retired soon after winning their 300th game; two retired with exactly 300 victories. All eligible pitchers with 300 wins have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
. Many observers expect the club to gain few, if any, members in the foreseeable future.Kurkjian, Tim. . ESPN The Magazine
. August 5, 2007.Bierman, Fred. . New York Times
. May 9, 2009.Bishop, Greg. . New York Times
. June 2, 2009.
The first player to win 300 games was Pud Galvin
. Six pitchers entered the club in the 19th century, with a seventh, Cy Young
, joining in 1901. Early in the history of professional baseball, starting rotations of two men were commonplace, giving the best pitchers far more chances to earn wins than in today's game. Conversely, the rigor required for a two-man rotation meant that most pitching careers didn't last more than a decade or so (Young being the major exception). In addition, the medical treatments then available were minimal; if a pitcher 'blew out his arm' then his career was over. Four more pitchers joined the club in the first quarter of the 20th century.
However, only three pitchers scored their 300th win between... Read More