Despite Dave Stieb having a better OPS+ Morris is often called the 80's best pitcher because he led the decade in wins. Leonard had some league leading extended success too, from 1975-1981 he led the AL with 120 wins and was second to Steve Carlton in all of baseball. Interestingly enough Leonard is the only non-HoFer in the top 5.
- Steve Carlton - 129
- Dennis Leonard - 120
- Jim Palmer - 119
- Tom Seaver - 113
- Phil Niekro - 110
But of course he did get hurt and came back to pitch one of the most inspirational games in team history - a nationally televised 3 hit shutout versus the Toronto Blue Jays. With all said and done his 144 wins are second to Paul Splittorff in franchise history and he is the only Royals pitcher to have three 20 win seasons ('77,'78,'80).
Here is a video filmed by Lee Warren in which Leonard talks about his injury and comeback. Good stuff.