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Andy Pettitte had but one win before tonight, a fate secured by the bullpen blowing three games for him.
When Sean Henn ended it tonight, that was also in the past, and the dandy one moved to 188 wins lifetime in his quest for 200 while on his second Yankee term.
Pettitte passes 1927 Yankee Urban Shocker, who pitched but one game after that year, dying at age 38. Shocker was one of several young pinstriped deaths from that team.

Anyway, Pettitte ties Rick Wise and Lee Meadows. Wise was exceptionally mediocre, going 188-181 with a 3.69 ERA against a league 3.71 in his career. He won 15 games seven times but never won 20 (not a shot at Mike Mussina, in case you're wondering). Meadows, who won 19 games for those 1927 Yankee World Series opponents, the Pirates, went 188-180 with a 106 ERA+. Meadows pitched but 10 2/3 innings after 1927, a year in which he led in complete games and a year off a league-leading win total.
It's safe to say Pettitte, with two 21-win tallies and a 119 ERA+, will be remembered longer.

Next up, for more Yankee connections, at 189 is a group that includes Lefty Gomez, perhaps the best Yankee postseason hurler ever. The Hall of Famer (189-102 record) had four 20-win seasons and won the pitching Triple Crown twice in a relatively brief career and was 6-0 in seven World Series starts with four complete games and a 2.86 ERA. Granted, the Yanks swept most of his WS, but he was as good as a win.

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