In the history of the New York Yankees, 16 pitchers have totaled more than 100 wins with the team. The top five New York Yankees’ all-time wins leaders include three pitchers with more than 200 wins and three Hall of Famers.
5. Ron Guidry: 170 wins
Spending his entire 14-year career in New York, left-handed pitcher Ron Guidry ranks fifth among the Yankees’ all-time wins leaders. From 1975 to 1988, Guidry threw 2,392 innings with a .651 winning percentage. In 1978, he led the American League with a 1.74 ERA and a 25-3 record to take home the Cy Young Award; he also threw a team record nine shutouts. The four-time All-Star had two more 20-win seasons in 1983 and 1985.
4. Lefty Gomez: 189 wins
Another great southpaw, Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez was an elite pitcher in the 1930s and he ranks fourth on the New York Yankees’ all-time wins leaders list. Gomez made seven straight All-Star teams from 1933 to 1939. In 1934, he won the pitching triple crown in the American League with 26 wins, 158 strikeouts, and a 2.33 ERA. He did it again three years later with 21 wins, 194 strikeouts, and a 2.33 ERA. Gomez pitched in five World Series, posting a 6-0 record with a 2.86 ERA in 50.1 innings.
3. Andy Pettitte: 203 wins*
Lefty Andy Pettitte remains an active part of New York’s starting rotation and he is up to third on the list of New York Yankees’ all-time wins leaders. Pettitte began his career in New York in 1995 and became a 21-game winner in just his second season. A three-time All-Star, he has done his damage through durability and longevity with more than 2,500 innings pitched in 13 seasons with the Yankees. Now in his second stint in New York, Pettitte has won at least 11 games in every season with the team.
2. Red Ruffing: 231 wins
Hall of Fame righty Red Ruffing threw more than 4,000 innings in the Major Leagues and ranks second on the New York Yankees’ all-time wins leaders list. Ruffing was a late bloomer who developed into a great pitcher who started two All-Star Games for the American League in 1939 and 1940. A six-time All-Star overall, Ruffing had four straight 20-win seasons from 1936 to 1939. He pitched in seven World Series and was a member of six champions with a 2.63 ERA and seven wins in ten playoff starts.
1. Whitey Ford: 236 wins
The New York Yankees’ all-time wins leader is Hall of Fame lefty Whitey Ford. Ford pitched all 16 of his Major League campaigns with the Yankees and is the franchise leader in several additional categories including innings (3,170.1), strikeouts (1,956), and shutouts (45). From 1954 to 1961, he was named an All-Star in seven of eight seasons. He took home Cy Young Award honors in 1961 with a career-high 25 wins in 283 innings. Ford led the American League in wins three times and he totaled 15-plus wins ten times in his career.
* Indicates the player is active with the team.
New York Yankees Player Career Pitching Register. Baseball-Reference.com