Frank Killen

30 Game Winners: Lefties

Frank Killen

1899 Boston Beaneaters. Standing: L-R: Charles ‘Kid’ Nichols (P), Bill Clarke, Frank Killen (P), Vic Willis (P), Marty Bergen (C), Ted Lewis (P), Charlie Hickman (P). Middle row: L-R: Fred Tenney (1B), Jimmy Collins (3B), Jim ‘General’ Stafford (CF), Frank Selee (Mgr.), Hugh Duffy (RF), Billy Hamilton (CF), Herman Long (SS). Seated on Ground: L-R: Bobby Lowe (2B), Charles ‘Chick’ Stahl (RF).

Only three left-handers have ever won 30+ games in a season since 1893. The fine thrower Frank Killen of the National League’s Pittsburgh franchise won 36 games in 1893 and 30 games in 1896. And, the ace of the Philadelphia Athletics, Lefty Grove, chalked up 31 wins in 1931.

Among left-handers, only Grove achieved the feat during the “lively ball” era (since 1920).

Since WWII, The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax (1966) and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Steve “Lefty” Carlton (1972) each won 27 games, the highest such seasonal totals for lefties.