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Top Five Cleveland Indians Pitching Win Leaders

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Bob Feller: 266 wins

The Cleveland Indians’ all-time wins leader is Hall of Famer and WWII navy officer Bob Feller. Spending his entire 18-year career with the Indians, Feller pitched from 1936 to 1956 and made eight All-Star teams. With naval service in between, he led the American League in strikeouts for seven straight full seasons and totaled 2,581 punch outs in 3,827 career innings. He led the AL in wins six times with 20-plus win seasons, topping out with 27 in 1940.

Mel Harder: 223 wins

Four-time All-Star Mel Harder ranks second on the list of Cleveland Indians’ all-time wins leaders. Harder played his entire 20-year Major League career in Cleveland, stretching from 1928 to 1947. He twice won 20 games and posted double-digit wins for 11 straight years and 13 overall. Harder remained a part of the Indians long after his playing career ended, serving as the club’s pitching coach for 16 years.

Bob Lemon: 207 wins

Bob Lemon spent all 13 seasons of his career in Cleveland and remains one of the top three wins leaders in Indians history. Lemon began his career playing third base and outfield before turning into one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. From 1948 to 1956, he had seven 20-win seasons, leading the AL in the category three times. Lemon was named to seven All-Star teams and eventually to the Baseball Hall of Fame. After his playing days, he went on to manage in the Major Leagues.

Stan Coveleski: 172 wins

A Hall of Fame ace who dominated in the 1910s, Stan Coveleski ranks fourth among the Cleveland Indians all-time wins leaders. Coveleski made his Major League debut in 1912 with the Athletics and joined the Indians in 1916. He pitched nine seasons in Cleveland with a 2.80 ERA, including two seasons of a sub-2.0 ERA. He won more than 20 games for four consecutive seasons from 1918 to 1921 and he never won fewer than 13 in an Indians’ uniform. In the Indians’ 1920 World Series Championship, Coveleski threw three complete games for wins, including a shutout in the decisive game.

Early Wynn: 164 wins

Righty starter Early Wynn spent the middle of his career in Cleveland to become one of the Indians’ all-time wins leaders. Beginning in 1949, Wynn had ten great seasons with the Indians, winning more than 20 games in four of them including a league-leading 23 in 1954. The Hall of Famer pitched more than 1,000 innings with three franchises, spending his longest stint in Cleveland with 2,286.2 of his 4,564 career innings. During his late career in Chicago, Wynn won the 1959 AL Cy Young Award.

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