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297 Wins.

With the exception of Roger Clemens, Bobby Matthews has the most Wins of any player who is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  One of the main differences is that unlike Clemens, Matthews has never received Hall of Fame consideration once.

Matthews' pro career began in 1871, where he played in the National Association and the pro ball's dawn.  Over the next few seasons, he bounced around in the infant league for teams like the Fort Wayne Kekiongas, Baltimore Canaries, and the New York Mutuals, and the 5' 5" Pitcher did well with three straight (1872-74) years where he led his league in Strikeouts.

The Mutuals would join the National League, and Matthews joined Cincinnati after the Mutuals folded.  From 1887 to 1891, he slumped and bounced around from league to league, major to minor.  In 1892, he had a comeback season with the Boston Red Stockings, where he led the league in FIP (2.15), BB/9 (0.7), SO/9 (4.8), and SO/BB (6.95). 

Matthews joined the Philadelphia Athletics in 1883, where he had an even 30 Wins in the next three seasons.  He had another first-place finish in BB/9 (1883), one more in FIP (2.17 in 1885), and twice in SO/BB (1883 & 1885).

He retired after 1887, with the aforementioned 297 Wins with an ERA of 2.86.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Baltimore Canaries, Boston Red Stockings, Cincinnati Reds, Fort Wayne Kekiongas, New York Mutuals, Philadelphia Athletics, Providence Grays
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (NA) (1873 & 1874)
    Lowest BB/9 (2) (NL) (1882) (AA) (1883)
    Highest SO/9 (4) (NA) (1873 & 1874) (NL) (1882) (AA) (1885) 
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (NA) (1875)
    Most Strikeouts (3) (NA) (1872, 1873 & 1874)
    Most Games Started (1) (NA) (1875)
    Most Complete Games (1) (NA) (1875)
    Most Shutouts (2) (NA) (1871 & 1874)
    Highest SO/BB (3) (NL) (1882) (AA) (1883 & 1885)
    Lowest FIP (3) (NA) (1874) (NL) (1882) (AA) (1885)

  • Other Points of Note:

    11 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    12 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    12 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finished)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    12 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    6.   Complete Games: 525
    13. BB/9: 0.966
    15. Innings Pitched: 4,956.0
    25. Wins: 297
    25. Games Started: 568
    51. bWAR for Pitchers: 62.3
    52. FIP: 2.70
    89. SO/BB: 2.872

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A
  • Should be Inducted As A: Philadelphia Athletic

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