In their 110-year history, the Oakland Athletics have won nine World Series, the third highest total in Major League Baseball. Each of the top five Oakland Athletics’ all-time wins leaders have pitched for World Series winners with the team, including four multiple winners.
5. Catfish Hunter: 161 wins
Five-time World Series Champion Catfish Hunter ranks fifth on the Oakland Athletics’ all-time wins leaders list. Hunter made six All-Star teams with the A’s and eight overall in his career. He won more than 20 games in each of his last four years in Oakland. His 25 victories and 2.49 ERA in 1974 each led the league as he won the AL Cy Young Award. Hunter was a part of the A’s teams that won three straight World Series from 1972 to 1974 and he went 4-0 with an ERA of 2.19 in those series.
4. Eddie Rommel: 171 wins
Old time knuckleball pitcher Eddie Rommel spent his entire 13-year career with the Philadelphia A’s and he ranks fourth among the Athletics’ all-time wins leaders. Rommel was the American League’s winningest pitcher in 1922 with 27 wins and a 3.28 ERA, finishing second in that year’s MVP voting. He led the league again in 1925 with 21 W’s, completing a stretch of five straight seasons with at least 16 wins per year.
3. Chief Bender: 193 wins
Hall of Fame righty Chief Bender ranks third among the Oakland Athletics’ all-time wins leaders. Bender made his Major League debut with the A’s in 1903 and remained with the organization through the 1914 season. His career-high for wins was 23, set in 1910 when he led the American League with a .821 winning percentage. In 1913, he won 21 games and led the AL with 13 saves as a great starter and relief pitcher. Bender racked up a total of 212 wins in his 16-year career.
2. Lefty Grove: 195 wins
Hall of Fame southpaw Lefty Grove was an elite starter for the A’s and Red Sox from 1925 to 1941 and he ranks second on the Oakland Athletics’ all-time wins list. Pitching the first half of his career in Philadelphia, Grove established himself as one of the most dominant pitchers by leading the American League in strikeouts in each of his first seven seasons. He led the AL in ERA five times with the A’s and nine times overall in his career, posting a career mark of 3.06 in 3,940.2 innings. Grove was named the MVP in 1931 with a 31-4 record, 2.06 ERA, and 175 strikeouts as he won his second triple crown. The eight-time 20-game winner retired with exactly 300 wins.
1. Eddie Plank: 284 wins
The Oakland Athletics’ all-time wins leader is Hall of Fame lefty Eddie Plank. Plank began his career on the first A’s team in 1901 and he remained with the franchise through 1914. The workhorse starter threw more than 300 innings five times and more than 200 in all but his final season with the A’s. Plank eclipsed the 20-win mark four straight times from 1902 to 1095 and a total of seven times with the team. His career 2.35 ERA is the sixth best by any left-handed pitcher in baseball history.
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