Tommy Bond was the man in 1878. For his second year in a row, he had a 40 win season for the Boston Red Caps. Yes, that is right, 40 wins.
He led the league in wins, innings, strikeouts and 57 complete games. He started 59 of the Braves 60 games. All this at a time when pitchers could not raise their arm above waist level. Overhand pitching wouldn’t be approved until 1884.
So, Tommy was the man. There was no other.