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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Alexander's final win ties him for all-time NL best
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 10, 1929

Grover Cleveland Alexander, in his 19th season in the majors, wins his 373rd -- and final -- game. Pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, the 42-year-old right-hander relieves in the eighth inning and holds the Phillies scoreless for four innings as the Cardinals win, 11-9, in 11 innings in the second game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia.

At the time, it is reported that Alexander passes Christy Mathewson for most wins in the National League. However, in later years, Mathewson will be credited with one more victory and the two share the National League record.

Though Alexander will pitch nine games next season for the Phillies, he won't win any of his three decisions. Alexander was a 20-game winner nine times, including three consecutive seasons (1915-17) with at least 30 victories for the Phillies.

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