(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
Let’s start this blog with a quiz:
Can you name the 12 NFL franchises that have won 500 or more games in their history? (Answer at the end of the column)
The Dallas Cowboys this season could become the 13th franchise in NFL history to win 500 regular season games. The Cowboys have 493 wins. According to stats on pro football reference.com, the Cowboys currently have the best winning percentage of any franchise… they are 493-367-6 (.573 winning percentage). They are just four percentage points ahead of the Green Bay Packers. The Pack are 730-553-37 (.569 winning percentage).
The Packers are one of 12 franchises to have 500 or more wins in NFL history. Green Bay ranks second in wins behind the Chicago Bears who have 744 victories.
Here are the 12 franchises that have 500 or more wins in the history of the NFL (AFL wins are included) according to pro football reference.com.
The NFL-AFL merger was in 1970. Since that first season where the two leagues became one, the Steelers have won the most games, 444. They are followed by the Cowboys and Broncos with 426 wins, the Dolphins with 424, the Patriots with 413, the Vikings with 405 and the 49ers with 402 victories. The Packers are eighth on the list with 386 wins.
Bartolo Colon on Friday, August 4, pitched a complete game victory for the Minnesota Twins, 8-4, over the Texas Rangers. Colon, who is 44 years of age, became only the 16th pitcher in MLB history to get a complete game win at age 44 or older. It was also the 66th time in baseball history that a pitcher 44 years of age or older had a complete game win.
Jamie Moyer holds the MLB record for the oldest pitcher to get a complete game win. He was 47 years-199 days on June 5, 2010 when he got the win in pitching a complete game in the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 win over San Diego.
Jack Quinn holds the MLB mark for most complete game wins for a pitcher 44 years of age and older. He had 28 of the previously-mentioned 66 games noted.
Following are the 16 pitchers who at age 44 or older had a complete game win (number of games listed in parenthesis).
Jack Quinn (28)
Phil Niekro (10)
Satchel Paige, Jamie Moyer, Charlie Hough, Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Warren Spahn (3 each)
Bobo Newsom, Jesse Haines (2 each)
Ted Lyons, Randy Johnson, Gaylord Perry, Fred Johnson, Bartolo Colon, Dennis Martinez (1 each)