I started working on my Milestone Collections (500 Homeruns, 3,000 Hits, 300 Wins, and 3,000 Strikeouts) this week and wanted to share my progress so far. In case you don’t know what my Milestone Collections are, here is a quick explanation. My goal is to collect all the Topps cards for the players who achieve certain milestones for the year they achieve that milestone. For instance, Randy Johnson (pictured to the right) got his 300th win on June 4, 2009. So I looked for and acquired his 2009 Topps card for the collection. Now there are some players who achieved these milestones before Topps started making cards and a few, who for one reason or another did not have a card for the year. I am thinking of making my own card for these players but for now will concentrate on the ones who have cards.
I will start with the 300 Win Club –
RANDY JOHNSON, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (24th Member)
Randy Johnson became the 24th member of the 300 Win Club on June 4, 2009 in a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The 2009 season was his one and only season as a San Francisco Giant and his last season as a Major League pitcher. Johnson made his Major League debut on September 15, 1988 with the Montreal Expos and played 22 seasons with the Expos (1988-’89), Seattle Mariners (1989-’98), Houston Astros (1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-’04, 2007-’08), New York Yankees (2005-’06), and San Francisco Giants (2009). He finished his career with a 303-166 Win-Loss record, 3.29 ERA and 4,875 K’s (second all-time behind Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 K’s).
TOM GLAVINE, NEW YORK METS (23rd Member)
Tom Glavine became the 23rd member of the 300 Win Club on August 5, 2007 in a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field as a member of the New York Mets. Glavine made his Major League debut on August 17, 1987 with the Atlanta Braves and played 22 seasons with the Braves (1987-’02, 2008) and New York Mets (2003-’07). He finished his career with a 305-203 Win-Loss record, 3.54 ERA and 2,607 K’s.
GREG MADDUX, ATLANTA BRAVES (22nd Member)
Greg Maddux became the 22nd member of the 300 Win Club on August 7, 2004 in a game against the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Maddux made his Major League debut on September 3, 1986 for the Chicago Cubs and played 23 seasons with the Cubs (1986-’92, 2004-’06), Atlanta Braves (1993-’03), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006, 2008), and San Diego Padres (2007-’08). He finished his career with a 355-227 Win-Loss record, 3.16 ERA and 3,371 K’s.
ROGER CLEMENS, NEW YORK YANKEES (21st Member)
Roger Clemens became the 21st member of the 300 Win Club on June 13, 2003 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Yankee Stadium as a member of the New York Yankees. Clemens made his Major League debut on May 15, 1984 for the Boston Red Sox and played 24 seasons with the Red Sox (1984-’96), Toronto Blue Jays (1997-’98), New York Yankees (1999-’03, 2007), and Houston Astros (2004-’05). He finished his career with a 354-184 Win-Loss record, 3.12 ERA and 4,672 K’s.
NOLAN RYAN, TEXAS RANGERS (20th Member)
Nolan Ryan became the 20th member of the 300 Win Club on July 31, 1990 in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium as a member of the Texas Rangers. Ryan made his Major League debut on September 11, 1966 for the New York Mets and played a Major League record 27 seasons with the Mets (1966, 1968-’71), California Angels (1972-’79), Houston Astros (1980-’88), and Texas Rangers (1989-’93). He finished his career with a 324-292 Win-Loss record, 3.19 ERA and 5,714 K’s (Major League record).
DON SUTTON, CALIFORNIA ANGELS (19th Member)
Don Sutton became the 19th member of the 300 Win Club on June 18, 1986 in a game against the Texas Rangers as a member of the California Angels. Sutton made his Major League debut on April 14, 1966 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and played 23 seasons with the Dodgers (1966-’80, 1988), Houston Astros (1981-’82), Milwaukee Brewers (1982-’84), Oakland Athletics (1985), and California Angels (1985-’87). He finished his career with a 324-256 Win-Loss record, 3.26 ERA and 3,574 K’s.
PHIL NIEKRO, NEW YORK YANKEES (18th Member)
Phil Niekro became the 18th member of the 300 Win Club on October 6, 1985 in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium as a member of the New York Yankees. Niekro made his Major League debut on April 15, 1964 for the Milwaukee Braves and played 24 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1964-’83, 1987), New York Yankees (1984-’85), Cleveland Indians (1986-’87), and Toronto Blue Jays (1987). He finished his career with a 318-274 Win-Loss record, 3.35 ERA and 3,3425,714 K’s.
TOM SEAVER, CHICAGO WHITE SOX (17th Member)
Tom Seaver became the 17th member of the 300 Win Club on August 4, 1985 in a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Seaver made his Major League debut on April 13, 1967 for the New York Mets and played 20 seasons with the Mets (1967-’77, 1983), Cincinnati Reds (1977-’82), Chicago White Sox (1984-’86), and Boston Red Sox (1986). He finished his career with a 311-205 Win-Loss record, 2.86 ERA and 3,640 K’s.
STEVE CARLTON, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (16th Member)
Steve Carlton became the 16th member of the 300 Win Club on September 23, 1983 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium as a member of the Philadelphia Philies. Carlton made his Major League debut on April 12, 1965 for the St. Louis Cardinals and played 24 seasons with the Cardinals (1965-’71), Philadelphia Phillies (1972-’86), San Francisco Giants (1986), Chicago White Sox (1986), Cleveland Indians (1987), and Minnesota Twins (1987-’88). He finished his career with a 329-244 Win-Loss record, 3.22 ERA and 4,136 K’s.
GAYLORD PERRY, SEATTLE MARINERS (15th Member)
Gaylord Perry became the 15th member of the 300 Win Club on May 6, 1982 in a game against the New York Yankees at The Kingdome as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Perry made his Major League debut on April 14, 1962 for the San Francisco Giants and played 22 seasons with the Giants (1962-’71), Cleveland Indians (1972-’75), Texas Rangers (1975-’77, 1980), San Diego Padres (1978-’79), New York Yankees (1980), Atlanta Braves (1981), Seattle Mariners (1982-’83), and Kansas City Royals (1983). He finished his career with a 314-265 Win-Loss record, 3.11 ERA and 3,534 K’s.
I am missing one card for this collection –
WARREN SPAHN, MILWAUKEE BRAVES (13th Member)
1961 Topps #200 (It is black and white until I get the card then I will post the color version!)
There are 13 pitchers who do not have a Topps card issued the year they joined the 300 Win Club or Topps did not produce cards that year –
Early Wynn, Cleveland Indians (July 13, 1963)
Lefty Grove, Boston Red Sox (July 25, 1941)
Grover Cleveland, Chicago Cubs (September 20, 1924)
Walter Johnson, Washington Senators (May 14, 1920)
Eddie Plank, St. Louis Terriers (September 11, 1915)
Christy Mathewson, New York Giants (June 28, 1912)
Cy Young, Boston Americans (July 3, 1901)
Kid Nichols, Boston Beaneaters (September 7, 1900)
John Clarkson, Cleveland Spiders (September 21, 1892)
Charles Radbourn, Cincinnat Reds (May 14, 1891)
Mickey Welch, New York Giants (August 11, 1890)
Tim Keefe, New York Giants (June 4, 1890)
Pud Galvin, Pittsburgh Alleghenys (September 4, 1888)
So who is the next to join this exclusive club? Andy Pettitte (41 years old) has 250 career wins, Roy Halladay (36 years old) has 201 career wins, Tim Hudson (37 years old) has 201 career wins and C.C. Sabathia (32 years old – pictured to the right) has 197 career wins. The best two bets on this list are Roy Halladay who is playing in his 16th season in 2013 and C.C. Sabathia who is only 4 wins behind Halladay and is 4 years younger and in his 13th season. I am putting my money on Sabathia in 2019 which would be his 19th season.
Here is my 300 Win Topps Milestone Collection Checklist. Next up is the 500 Homerun Club