Grover Cleveland Alexander is tied with Christy Mathewson for third-most wins in the majors. His 373 victories are only surpassed by Walter Johnson (417) and Cy Young (511).
Yet unlike Cy Young, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson – I bet most baseball fans have never heard of him.
I remember seeing a baseball movie called "The Winning Team," starring a young Ronald Reagan as Alexander. I was just a kid, but I took an interest in the story about the ballplayer who served during WWI that came back to the States with a ton of issues.
Alexander suffered from shell shock and had his share of problems with alcohol. It is said he would often pitch while hung-over.
One of the most amazing things about Alexander is that he won 20 or more games in a season nine times. He won 30 or more three times.
He also won the pitching triple-crown (leading the league in ERA, wins and strikeouts) in 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1920.
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