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.
Alexander also holds the National League record for most shutouts (90),
most complete games (469), and the best first year record (28 games) as a rookie. He also pitched most of his career for second division teams in a hitter's stadium.
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