Robert Moses Grove, known as Lefty, had the lowest Earned Run Average ( ERA ) in the league for a record nine seasons. He also led the league in strikeouts seven times and wins above replacement pitcher eight times. As the Ace for the Athletics dynasty team, Lefty was the American League’s wins leader four times and won the pitcher’s Triple Crown ( wins, strikeouts and ERA ) in two of three years from 1929 to 1931. Grove retired in with a career record of 300-141. His .680 winning percentage is 8th best all-time but none of the seven men ahead of him on that list won more than 236 games.
[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]
Early in 2003 , Clemens announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season. On June 13, 2003, pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in Yankee Stadium , Clemens recorded his 300th career win and 4,000th career strikeout, the only player in history to record both milestones in the same game. [ citation needed ] The 300th win came on his fourth try; the Yankee bullpen had blown his chance of a win in his previous two attempts. He became the 21st pitcher ever to record 300 wins and the third ever to record 4,000 strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136). Randy Johnson (4,875) has since also joined the 4,000 strikeout club. His career record upon reaching the milestones was 300–155; his record at the end of the season was 310–160 with 4,099 strikeouts. Clemens finished the season with a 17–9 record and a ERA.