List of Major League Baseball strikeout champions

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Nolan Ryan has 5,714 career strikeouts, the most in Major League history and over 800 more than his closest competitor (Randy Johnson).[1]

In baseball, the strikeout is a statistic used to evaluate pitchers. A pitcher earns a strikeout when he puts out the batter he is facing by throwing a ball through the strike zone, "defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap",[2] which is not put in play. Strikeouts are awarded in four situations: if the batter is put out on a third strike caught by the catcher (to "strike out swinging" or "strike out looking"); if the pitcher throws a third strike which is not caught with fewer than two outs; if the batter becomes a baserunner on an uncaught third strike; or if the batter bunts the ball into foul territory with two strikes.[3]

Major League Baseball recognizes the player or players in each league[a] with the most strikeouts each season. Jim Devlin led the National League in its inaugural season of 1876; he threw 122 strikeouts for the Louisville Grays.[4] The American League's first winner was Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who captured the American League Triple Crown in 1901 by striking out 158 batters, along with leading the league in wins and earned run average.[5] Walter Johnson led the American League in strikeouts 12 times during his Hall of Fame career, most among all players.[6] He is followed by Nolan Ryan, who captured 11 titles between both leagues (9 American League and 2 National League).[7] Randy Johnson won nine strikeout titles, including five with his home state Arizona Diamondbacks.[8] Three players have won seven strikeout championships: Dazzy Vance, who leads the National League;[9] Bob Feller;[10] and Lefty Grove.[11] Grover Cleveland Alexander and Rube Waddell led their league six times,[12][13] and five-time winners include Steve Carlton,[14] Roger Clemens,[15] Sam McDowell,[16] Christy Mathewson,[17] Amos Rusie,[18] and Tom Seaver.[19] Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim led the American League in 2010,[20] while the San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum captured his third consecutive National League crown.[21]

There are several players with a claim to the single-season strikeout record. Among recognized major leagues, Matt Kilroy accumulated the highest single-season total, with 513 strikeouts for the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association in 1886.[22] However, his name does not appear on Major League Baseball's single-season leaders list,[23] since the American Association was independent of the constituent leagues that currently make up Major League Baseball.[24] Several other players with high totals, including 1886 American Association runner-up Toad Ramsey (499)[25] and 1884 Union Association leader Hugh Daily (483), do not appear either.[26] In the National League, Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn struck out 441 batters for the Providence Grays;[27] however, the Providence franchise folded after the 1885 season and has no successor.[28] Therefore, Major League Baseball recognizes his runner-up from that season, Charlie Buffinton, as the record-holder with 417 strikeouts.[23] In the American League, Ryan leads with 383 strikeouts in 1973.[7] The largest margin of victory for a champion is 156 strikeouts, achieved in 1883 when Tim Keefe of the American Association's New York Metropolitans posted 359 against Bobby Mathews' 203.[29] The National League's largest margin was achieved in 1999, when Randy Johnson struck out 143 more batters than Kevin Brown.[30] Ryan's 1973 margin of 125 strikeouts over Bert Blyleven is the best American League victory.[31] Although ties for the championship are rare, they have occurred; Claude Passeau and Bucky Walters each struck out 137 National League batters in 1939,[32] and Tex Hughson and Bobo Newsom tied in the American League with 113 strikeouts each in 1942.[33] Their total is the lowest number of strikeouts accumulated to lead a league in Major League Baseball history.

Key[edit]

Year Links to the corresponding "year in baseball" or "Major League Baseball season" article
Leader Player with the highest number of strikeouts in the league
K Number of strikeouts[b]
Runner-up Player with the second-best strikeout total in the league
League Denoted only for players outside of the modern major leagues
Hall of Fame Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

National League[edit]

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Tommy Bond won the triple crown in 1877, leading the National League in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.
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Grover Cleveland Alexander led the National League in strikeouts six times in nine seasons.
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Amos Rusie led the National League in strikeouts a total of five times with two different teams.
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From 1903 to 1908, Christy Mathewson led the National League in strikeouts in five of six years.
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Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax led the National League in strikeouts four times before retiring at the age of 30.
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Steve Carlton's five strikeout championships are tied for the most by a left-handed pitcher in the National League.[14]
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Aaron Harang defeated Jake Peavy for the strikeout title in 2006 by one strikeout.
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Jake Peavy's 240 strikeouts in 2007 led all National League pitchers; his 2007 season marks the most recent pitching triple crown.[34]
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Tim Lincecum led the National League in strikeouts in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Year Leader K Team Runner-up K Ref
1876 Devlin, JimJim Devlin 122 Louisville Grays Bradley, GeorgeGeorge Bradley 103 [35]
1877 Bond, TommyTommy Bond 170 Boston Red Caps Devlin, JimJim Devlin 141 [36]
1878 Bond, TommyTommy Bond 182 Boston Red Caps White, WillWill White 169 [37]
1879 Ward, John MontgomeryJohn Montgomery WardHall of Fame 239 Providence Grays White, WillWill White 232 [38]
1880 Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran 268 Chicago White Stockings McCormick, JimJim McCormick 260 [39]
1881 Derby, GeorgeGeorge DerbyHall of Fame 212 Detroit Wolverines McCormick, JimJim McCormick 178 [40]
1882 Radbourn, CharlesCharles RadbournHall of Fame 201 Cleveland Spiders McCormick, JimJim McCormick 200 [41]
1883 Whitney, JimJim Whitney 345 Boston Beaneaters Radbourn, CharlesCharles RadbournHall of Fame 315 [42]
1884 Radbourn, CharlesCharles RadbournHall of Fame 441 Providence Grays Buffinton, CharlieCharlie Buffinton 417 [43]
1885 Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 308 New York Giants Welch, MickeyMickey WelchHall of Fame 258 [44]
1886 Baldwin, LadyLady Baldwin 323 Detroit Wolverines Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 313 [45]
1887 Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 237 Chicago White Stockings Keefe, TimTim KeefeHall of Fame 189 [46]
1888 Keefe, TimTim KeefeHall of Fame 335 New York Giants Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 223 [47]
1889 Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 284 Boston Beaneaters Keefe, TimTim KeefeHall of Fame 225 [48]
1890 Rusie, AmosAmos RusieHall of Fame 341 New York Giants Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson 289 [49]
1891 Rusie, AmosAmos RusieHall of Fame 337 New York Giants Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson 261 [50]
1892 Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson 314 Chicago White Stockings
Rusie, AmosAmos RusieHall of Fame 304 [51]
1893 Rusie, AmosAmos RusieHall of Fame 208 New York Giants Kennedy, BrickyardBrickyard Kennedy 107 [52]
1894 Rusie, AmosAmos RusieHall of Fame 195 New York Giants Breitenstein, TedTed Breitenstein 140 [53]
1895 Rusie, AmosAmos RusieHall of Fame 201 Cleveland Spiders Nichols, KidKid NicholsHall of Fame 148 [54]
1896 Young, CyCy YoungHall of Fame 140 Cleveland Spiders Hawley, PinkPink Hawley 137 [55]
1897 Doc McJames
Cy Seymour
156 Washington Senators
New York Giants
Corbett, JoeJoe Corbett 149 [56]
1898 Seymour, CyCy Seymour 239 New York Giants McJames, DocDoc McJames 178 [57]
1899 Hahn, NoodlesNoodles Hahn 145 Cincinnati Reds Seymour, CyCy Seymour 142 [58]
1900 Hahn, NoodlesNoodles Hahn 132 Cincinnati Reds Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 130 [59]
1901 Hahn, NoodlesNoodles Hahn 239 Cincinnati Reds Donovan, BillBill Donovan 226 [60]
1902 Willis, VicVic WillisHall of Fame 225 Boston Beaneaters White, DocDoc White 185 [61]
1903 Mathewson, ChristyChristy MathewsonHall of Fame 267 New York Giants McGinnity, JoeJoe McGinnityHall of Fame 171 [62]
1904 Mathewson, ChristyChristy MathewsonHall of Fame 212 New York Giants Willis, VicVic WillisHall of Fame 196 [63]
1905 Mathewson, ChristyChristy MathewsonHall of Fame 206 New York Giants Ames, RedRed Ames 198 [64]
1906 Beebe, FredFred Beebe 171 Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals
Pfeffer, FrancisFrancis "Big Jeff" Pfeffer 158 [65]
1907 Mathewson, ChristyChristy MathewsonHall of Fame 178 New York Giants Ewing, BobBob Ewing 147 [66]
1908 Mathewson, ChristyChristy MathewsonHall of Fame 259 New York Giants Rucker, NapNap Rucker 199 [67]
1909 Overall, OrvalOrval Overall 205 Chicago Cubs Rucker, NapNap Rucker 201 [68]
1910 Moore, EarlEarl Moore 185 Philadelphia Phillies Mathewson, ChristyChristy MathewsonHall of Fame 184 [69]
1911 Marquard, RubeRube MarquardHall of Fame 237 New York Giants Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 227 [70]
1912 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 195 Philadelphia Phillies Hendrix, ClaudeClaude Hendrix 176 [71]
1913 Seaton, TomTom Seaton 168 Philadelphia Phillies Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau 167 [72]
1914 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 214 Philadelphia Phillies Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau 189 [73]
1915 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 241 Philadelphia Phillies Tesreau, JeffJeff Tesreau 176 [74]
1916 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 167 Philadelphia Phillies Cheney, LarryLarry Cheney 166 [75]
1917 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 200 Philadelphia Phillies Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn 195 [76]
1918 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn 148 Chicago Cubs Cooper, WilburWilbur Cooper 117 [77]
1919 Vaughn, HippoHippo Vaughn 141 Chicago Cubs Eller, HodHod Eller 137 [78]
1920 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderHall of Fame 173 Chicago Cubs Burleigh GrimesHall of Fame
Hippo Vaughn
131 [79]
1921 Grimes, BurleighBurleigh Grimes 136 Brooklyn Robins Cooper, WilburWilbur Cooper 134 [80]
1922 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 134 Brooklyn Robins Cooper, WilburWilbur Cooper 129 [81]
1923 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 197 Brooklyn Robins Luque, DolfDolf Luque 151 [82]
1924 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 262 Brooklyn Robins Grimes, BurleighBurleigh GrimesHall of Fame 135 [83]
1925 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 221 Brooklyn Robins Luque, DolfDolf Luque 140 [84]
1926 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 140 Brooklyn Robins Root, CharlieCharlie Root 127 [85]
1927 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 184 Brooklyn Robins Root, CharlieCharlie Root 145 [86]
1928 Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 200 Brooklyn Robins Malone, PatPat Malone 155 [87]
1929 Malone, PatPat Malone 166 Chicago Cubs Clark, WattyWatty Clark 140 [88]
1930 Hallahan, BillBill Hallahan 177 St. Louis Cardinals Vance, DazzyDazzy VanceHall of Fame 173 [89]
1931 Hallahan, BillBill Hallahan 159 St. Louis Cardinals Hubbell, CarlCarl HubbellHall of Fame 155 [90]
1932 Dean, DizzyDizzy DeanHall of Fame 191 St. Louis Cardinals Hubbell, CarlCarl HubbellHall of Fame 137 [91]
1933 Dean, DizzyDizzy DeanHall of Fame 199 St. Louis Cardinals Hubbell, CarlCarl HubbellHall of Fame 156 [92]
1934 Dean, DizzyDizzy DeanHall of Fame 195 St. Louis Cardinals Mungo, VanVan Mungo 184 [93]
1935 Dean, DizzyDizzy DeanHall of Fame 190 St. Louis Cardinals Hubbell, CarlCarl HubbellHall of Fame 150 [94]
1936 Mungo, VanVan Mungo 238 Brooklyn Dodgers Dean, DizzyDizzy DeanHall of Fame 195 [95]
1937 Hubbell, CarlCarl HubbellHall of Fame 159 New York Giants Grissom, LeeLee Grissom 149 [96]
1938 Bryant, ClayClay Bryant 135 Chicago Cubs Derringer, PaulPaul Derringer 132 [97]
1939 Passeau, Claude; Walters, BuckyClaude Passeau[c]
Bucky Walters[c]
137 Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs
Cooper, MortMort Cooper 130 [32]
1940 Higbe, KirbyKirby Higbe 137 Philadelphia Phillies Claude Passeau
Whit Wyatt
124 [98]
1941 Vander Meer, JohnnyJohnny Vander Meer 202 Cincinnati Reds Wyatt, WhitWhit Wyatt 176 [99]
1942 Vander Meer, JohnnyJohnny Vander Meer 186 Cincinnati Reds Cooper, MortMort Cooper 152 [100]
1943 Vander Meer, JohnnyJohnny Vander Meer 174 Cincinnati Reds Cooper, MortMort Cooper 141 [101]
1944 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle 161 New York Giants Lanier, MaxMax Lanier 141 [102]
1945 Roe, PreacherPreacher Roe 148 Pittsburgh Pirates Gregg, HalHal Gregg 139 [103]
1946 Schmitz, JohnnyJohnny Schmitz 135 Chicago Cubs Higbe, KirbyKirby Higbe 134 [104]
1947 Blackwell, EwellEwell Blackwell 193 Cincinnati Reds Branca, RalphRalph Branca 148 [105]
1948 Brecheen, HarryHarry Brecheen 149 St. Louis Cardinals Barney, RexRex Barney 138 [106]
1949 Spahn, WarrenWarren SpahnHall of Fame 151 Boston Braves Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe 149 [107]
1950 Spahn, WarrenWarren SpahnHall of Fame 191 Boston Braves Blackwell, EwellEwell Blackwell 188 [108]
1951 Don Newcombe
Warren SpahnHall of Fame
164 Brooklyn Dodgers
Boston Braves
Maglie, SalSal Maglie 146 [109]
1952 Spahn, WarrenWarren SpahnHall of Fame 183 Boston Braves Rush, BobBob Rush 157 [110]
1953 Roberts, RobinRobin RobertsHall of Fame 198 Philadelphia Phillies Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine 187 [111]
1954 Roberts, RobinRobin RobertsHall of Fame 185 Philadelphia Phillies Haddix, HarveyHarvey Haddix 184 [112]
1955 Jones, SamSam Jones 198 Chicago Cubs Roberts, RobinRobin RobertsHall of Fame 160 [113]
1956 Jones, SamSam Jones 176 Chicago Cubs Haddix, HarveyHarvey Haddix 170 [114]
1957 Sanford, JackJack Sanford 188 Philadelphia Phillies Moe Drabowsky
Dick Drott
170 [115]
1958 Jones, SamSam Jones 225 Chicago Cubs Spahn, WarrenWarren SpahnHall of Fame 150 [116]
1959 Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame 242 Los Angeles Dodgers Jones, SamSam Jones 209 [117]
1960 Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame 246 Los Angeles Dodgers Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame 197 [118]
1961 Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame 269 Los Angeles Dodgers Williams, StanStan Williams 205 [119]
1962 Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame 232 Los Angeles Dodgers Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame 219 [120]
1963 Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame 306 Los Angeles Dodgers Maloney, JimJim Maloney 265 [121]
1964 Veale, BobBob Veale 250 Pittsburgh Pirates Gibson, BobBob GibsonHall of Fame 245 [122]
1965 Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame 382 Los Angeles Dodgers Veale, BobBob Veale 276 [123]
1966 Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame 317 Los Angeles Dodgers Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 252 [124]
1967 Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 253 Philadelphia Phillies Jenkins, FergusonFerguson JenkinsHall of Fame 236 [125]
1968 Gibson, BobBob GibsonHall of Fame 268 St. Louis Cardinals Jenkins, FergusonFerguson JenkinsHall of Fame 260 [126]
1969 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson JenkinsHall of Fame 273 Chicago Cubs Gibson, BobBob GibsonHall of Fame 269 [127]
1970 Seaver, TomTom SeaverHall of Fame 283 New York Mets Bob GibsonHall of Fame
Ferguson JenkinsHall of Fame
274 [128]
1971 Seaver, TomTom SeaverHall of Fame 289 New York Mets Jenkins, FergusonFerguson JenkinsHall of Fame 263 [129]
1972 Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 310 Philadelphia Phillies Seaver, TomTom SeaverHall of Fame 249 [130]
1973 Seaver, TomTom SeaverHall of Fame 251 New York Mets Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 223 [131]
1974 Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 240 Philadelphia Phillies Messersmith, AndyAndy Messersmith 221 [132]
1975 Seaver, TomTom SeaverHall of Fame 243 New York Mets Montefusco, JohnJohn Montefusco 215 [133]
1976 Seaver, TomTom SeaverHall of Fame 235 New York Mets Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 214 [134]
1977 Niekro, PhilPhil NiekroHall of Fame 262 Atlanta Braves Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 214 [135]
1978 Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 303 Houston Astros Niekro, PhilPhil NiekroHall of Fame 248 [136]
1979 Richard, J. R.J. R. Richard 313 Houston Astros Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 213 [137]
1980 Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 286 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 200 [138]
1981 Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela 180 Los Angeles Dodgers Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 179 [139]
1982 Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 286 Philadelphia Phillies Soto, MarioMario Soto 274 [140]
1983 Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonHall of Fame 275 Philadelphia Phillies Soto, MarioMario Soto 242 [141]
1984 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden 276 New York Mets Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela 240 [142]
1985 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden 268 New York Mets Soto, MarioMario Soto 214 [143]
1986 Scott, MikeMike Scott 306 Houston Astros Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela 242 [144]
1987 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 270 Houston Astros Scott, MikeMike Scott 233 [145]
1988 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 228 Houston Astros Cone, DavidDavid Cone 213 [146]
1989 DeLeon, JoseJosé DeLeón 201 St. Louis Cardinals Belcher, TimTim Belcher 200 [147]
1990 Cone, DavidDavid Cone 233 New York Mets Dwight Gooden
Ramón Martínez
223 [148]
1991 Cone, DavidDavid Cone 241 New York Mets Maddux, GregGreg Maddux 198 [149]
1992 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz 215 Atlanta Braves Cone, DavidDavid Cone 214 [150]
1993 Rijo, JoseJosé Rijo 227 Cincinnati Reds Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz 208 [151]
1994 Benes, AndyAndy Benes 189 San Diego Padres Rijo, JoseJosé Rijo 171 [152]
1995 Nomo, HideoHideo Nomo 236 Los Angeles Dodgers Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz 193 [153]
1996 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz 276 Atlanta Braves Nomo, HideoHideo Nomo 234 [154]
1997 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 319 Philadelphia Phillies Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 305 [155]
1998 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 300 Philadelphia Phillies Brown, KevinKevin Brown 257 [156]
1999 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 364 Arizona Diamondbacks Brown, KevinKevin Brown 221 [30]
2000 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 347 Arizona Diamondbacks Park, Chan HoChan Ho Park 217 [157]
2001 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 372 Arizona Diamondbacks Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 293 [158]
2002 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 334 Arizona Diamondbacks Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 316 [159]
2003 Wood, KerryKerry Wood 266 Chicago Cubs Prior, MarkMark Prior 245 [160]
2004 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 290 Arizona Diamondbacks Sheets, BenBen Sheets 264 [161]
2005 Peavy, JakeJake Peavy 216 San Diego Padres Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter 213 [162]
2006 Harang, AaronAaron Harang 216 Cincinnati Reds Peavy, JakeJake Peavy 215 [163]
2007 Peavy, JakeJake Peavy 240 San Diego Padres Harang, AaronAaron Harang 218 [164]
2008 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum 265 San Francisco Giants Dan Haren
Johan Santana
Edinson Volquez
206 [165]
2009 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum 261 San Francisco Giants Vazquez, JavierJavier Vázquez 238 [166]
2010 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum 231 San Francisco Giants Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay 219 [167]
2011 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw 248 Los Angeles Dodgers Lee, CliffCliff Lee 238 [168]
2012 Dickey, R.A.R.A. Dickey 230 New York Mets Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw 229 [169]
2013 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw 232 Los Angeles Dodgers Lee, CliffCliff Lee 222 [170]

American League[edit]

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Rube Waddell led the American League in strikeouts for six consecutive seasons (1902–1907).
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In addition to leading the American League in strikeouts 12 times in his career and winning three triple crowns, Walter Johnson was one of the five charter members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.[171]
A man wearing a sweater over his right arm looks into the camera; he is wearing a light-colored baseball cap with a "C" on the front atop his head.
In 1908 and 1911, Ed Walsh was the American League strikeout champion.
A smiling young man wearing a baseball cap with an Old English "D" on the front looks to the right of the image.
Jim Bunning is a two-time American League strikeout champion; he finished in second place four times.
A brown-skinned man with a dark goatee and wearing a gray pinstriped baseball uniform throws a baseball from a dirt mound with his left hand.
Three-time strikeout champion Johan Santana won the American League's last pitching triple crown in 2006.[172]
A man in a gray baseball uniform reading "Rays" across the chest throws a baseball with his left hand from a dirt mound.
Scott Kazmir's 239 strikeouts led the American League in 2007.
A man in a white baseball uniform reading "Jays" across the chest, dark baseball cap, and black baseball glove stands on a dirt mound in a grass field.
A. J. Burnett won the American League strikeout title in 2008.
A light-skinned man with a goatee and wearing a white baseball uniform looks over his left shoulder while holding his right hand inside his black baseball glove.
Justin Verlander also led the American League in wins and innings pitched in 2009.[173]
Year Leader K Team Runner-up K Ref
1901 Young, CyCy YoungHall of Fame 158 Boston Americans Patterson, RoyRoy Patterson 127 [174]
1902 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 210 Philadelphia Athletics Young, CyCy YoungHall of Fame 160 [175]
1903 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 302 Philadelphia Athletics Donovan, BillBill Donovan 187 [176]
1904 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 349 Philadelphia Athletics Chesbro, JackJack ChesbroHall of Fame 239 [177]
1905 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 287 Philadelphia Athletics Eddie PlankHall of Fame
Cy YoungHall of Fame
210 [178]
1906 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 196 Philadelphia Athletics Falkenberg, CyCy Falkenberg 178 [179]
1907 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 232 Philadelphia Athletics Walsh, EdEd WalshHall of Fame 206 [180]
1908 Walsh, EdEd WalshHall of Fame 269 Chicago White Sox Waddell, RubeRube WaddellHall of Fame 232 [181]
1909 Smith, FrankFrank Smith 177 Chicago White Sox Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 164 [182]
1910 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 313 Washington Senators Walsh, EdEd WalshHall of Fame 258 [183]
1911 Walsh, EdEd WalshHall of Fame 255 Chicago White Sox Wood, JoeJoe Wood 231 [184]
1912 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 303 Washington Senators Wood, JoeJoe Wood 258 [185]
1913 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 243 Washington Senators Cy Falkenberg
Vean Gregg
166 [186]
1914 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 225 Washington Senators Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell 179 [187]
1915 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 203 Washington Senators Faber, RedRed FaberHall of Fame 182 [188]
1916 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 228 Washington Senators Myers, ElmerElmer Myers 182 [189]
1917 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 188 Washington Senators Cicotte, EddieEddie Cicotte 150 [190]
1918 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 162 Washington Senators Shaw, JimJim Shaw 129 [191]
1919 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 147 Washington Senators Shaw, JimJim Shaw 128 [192]
1920 Coveleski, StanStan CoveleskiHall of Fame 133 Cleveland Indians Williams, LeftyLefty Williams 128 [193]
1921 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 143 Washington Senators Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker 132 [194]
1922 Shocker, UrbanUrban Shocker 149 St. Louis Browns Faber, RedRed FaberHall of Fame 148 [195]
1923 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 130 Washington Senators Joe Bush
Bob Shawkey
125 [196]
1924 Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 158 Washington Senators Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke 119 [197]
1925 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 116 Philadelphia Athletics Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 108 [198]
1926 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 194 Philadelphia Athletics Uhle, GeorgeGeorge Uhle 159 [199]
1927 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 174 Philadelphia Athletics Walberg, RubeRube Walberg 136 [200]
1928 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 183 Philadelphia Athletics Pipgras, GeorgeGeorge Pipgras 139 [201]
1929 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 170 Philadelphia Athletics Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw 149 [202]
1930 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 209 Philadelphia Athletics Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw 193 [203]
1931 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 175 Philadelphia Athletics Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw 152 [204]
1932 Ruffing, RedRed RuffingHall of Fame 190 New York Yankees Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 188 [205]
1933 Gomez, LeftyLefty GomezHall of Fame 163 New York Yankees Hadley, BumpBump Hadley 149 [206]
1934 Gomez, LeftyLefty GomezHall of Fame 158 New York Yankees Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges 151 [207]
1935 Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges 163 Detroit Tigers Rowe, SchoolboySchoolboy Rowe 140 [208]
1936 Bridges, TommyTommy Bridges 175 Detroit Tigers Allen, JohnnyJohnny Allen 165 [209]
1937 Gomez, LeftyLefty GomezHall of Fame 194 New York Yankees Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom 166 [210]
1938 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 240 Cleveland Indians Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom 226 [211]
1939 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 246 Cleveland Indians Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom 192 [212]
1940 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 261 Cleveland Indians Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom 164 [213]
1941 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 260 Cleveland Indians Newsom, BoboBobo Newsom 175 [214]
1942 Tex Hughson
Bobo Newsom
113 Boston Red Sox
Washington Senators
Al Benton
Phil Marchildon
110 [33]
1943 Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 151 Cleveland Indians Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame 144 [215]
1944 Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame 187 Detroit Tigers Trout, DizzyDizzy Trout 144 [216]
1945 Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame 212 Detroit Tigers Potter, NelsNels Potter 129 [217]
1946 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 348 Cleveland Indians Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame 275 [218]
1947 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 196 Cleveland Indians Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame 176 [219]
1948 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame 164 Cleveland Indians Lemon, BobBob LemonHall of Fame 147 [220]
1949 Trucks, VirgilVirgil Trucks 153 Detroit Tigers Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame 144 [221]
1950 Lemon, BobBob LemonHall of Fame 170 Cleveland Indians Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 160 [222]
1951 Raschi, VicVic Raschi 164 New York Yankees Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame 133 [223]
1952 Reynolds, AllieAllie Reynolds 160 New York Yankees Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame 153 [224]
1953 Pierce, BillyBilly Pierce 186 Chicago White Sox Trucks, VirgilVirgil Trucks 149 [225]
1954 Turley, BobBob Turley 185 Baltimore Orioles Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame 155 [226]
1955 Score, HerbHerb Score 245 Cleveland Indians Turley, BobBob Turley 210 [227]
1956 Score, HerbHerb Score 263 Cleveland Indians Pierce, BillyBilly Pierce 192 [228]
1957 Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame 184 Cleveland Indians Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 182 [229]
1958 Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame 179 Chicago White Sox Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 177 [230]
1959 Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 201 Detroit Tigers Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 185 [231]
1960 Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 201 Detroit Tigers Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos 160 [232]
1961 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 221 Minnesota Twins Ford, WhiteyWhitey FordHall of Fame 209 [233]
1962 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 206 Minnesota Twins Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 184 [234]
1963 Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 202 Minnesota Twins Bunning, JimJim BunningHall of Fame 196 [235]
1964 Downing, AlAl Downing 217 New York Yankees Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 213 [236]
1965 McDowell, SamSam McDowell 325 Cleveland Indians Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 226 [237]
1966 McDowell, SamSam McDowell 225 Cleveland Indians Kaat, JimJim Kaat 205 [238]
1967 Lonborg, JimJim Lonborg 246 Boston Red Sox McDowell, SamSam McDowell 236 [239]
1968 McDowell, SamSam McDowell 283 Cleveland Indians McLain, DennyDenny McLain 280 [240]
1969 McDowell, SamSam McDowell 279 Cleveland Indians Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 271 [241]
1970 McDowell, SamSam McDowell 304 Cleveland Indians Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 230 [242]
1971 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 308 Detroit Tigers Blue, VidaVida Blue 301 [243]
1972 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 329 California Angels Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 250 [244]
1973 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 383 California Angels Blyleven, BertBert BlylevenHall of Fame 258 [31]
1974 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 367 California Angels Blyleven, BertBert BlylevenHall of Fame 249 [245]
1975 Tanana, FrankFrank Tanana 269 California Angels Bert BlylevenHall of Fame
Gaylord PerryHall of Fame
233 [246]
1976 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 327 California Angels Tanana, FrankFrank Tanana 261 [247]
1977 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 341 California Angels Leonard, DennisDennis Leonard 244 [248]
1978 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 260 California Angels Guidry, RonRon Guidry 248 [249]
1979 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 223 California Angels Guidry, RonRon Guidry 201 [250]
1980 Barker, LenLen Barker 187 Cleveland Indians Norris, MikeMike Norris 180 [251]
1981 Barker, LenLen Barker 127 Cleveland Indians Burns, BrittBritt Burns 108 [252]
1982 Bannister, FloydFloyd Bannister 209 Seattle Mariners Barker, LenLen Barker 187 [253]
1983 Morris, JackJack Morris 232 Detroit Tigers Bannister, FloydFloyd Bannister 193 [254]
1984 Langston, MarkMark Langston 204 Seattle Mariners Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 198 [255]
1985 Blyleven, BertBert BlylevenHall of Fame 206 Cleveland Indians
Minnesota Twins
Bannister, FloydFloyd Bannister 198 [256]
1986 Langston, MarkMark Langston 245 Seattle Mariners Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 238 [257]
1987 Langston, MarkMark Langston 262 Seattle Mariners Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 256 [258]
1988 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 291 Boston Red Sox Langston, MarkMark Langston 235 [259]
1989 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 301 Texas Rangers Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 230 [260]
1990 Ryan, NolanNolan RyanHall of Fame 232 Texas Rangers Witt, BobbyBobby Witt 221 [261]
1991 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 241 Boston Red Sox Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 228 [262]
1992 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 241 Seattle Mariners Perez, MelidoMélido Pérez 218 [263]
1993 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 308 Seattle Mariners Langston, MarkMark Langston 196 [264]
1994 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 204 Seattle Mariners Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 168 [265]
1995 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 294 Seattle Mariners Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre 205 [266]
1996 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 257 Boston Red Sox Finley, ChuckChuck Finley 215 [267]
1997 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 292 Toronto Blue Jays Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 291 [268]
1998 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 271 Toronto Blue Jays Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 251 [269]
1999 Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 313 Boston Red Sox Finley, ChuckChuck Finley 200 [270]
2000 Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 284 Boston Red Sox Colon, BartoloBartolo Colón 212 [271]
2001 Nomo, HideoHideo Nomo 220 Boston Red Sox Mussina, MikeMike Mussina 214 [272]
2002 Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 239 Boston Red Sox Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 192 [273]
2003 Loaiza, EstebanEsteban Loaiza 207 Chicago White Sox Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 206 [274]
2004 Santana, JohanJohan Santana 265 Minnesota Twins Martinez, PedroPedro Martínez 227 [275]
2005 Santana, JohanJohan Santana 238 Minnesota Twins Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 211 [276]
2006 Santana, JohanJohan Santana 245 Minnesota Twins Bonderman, JeremyJeremy Bonderman 202 [172]
2007 Kazmir, ScottScott Kazmir 239 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Santana, JohanJohan Santana 235 [277]
2008 Burnett, A. J.A. J. Burnett 231 Toronto Blue Jays Santana, ErvinErvin Santana 214 [278]
2009 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander 269 Detroit Tigers Greinke, ZackZack Greinke 242 [279]
2010 Weaver, JeredJered Weaver 233 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hernandez, FelixFélix Hernández 232 [280]
2011 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander 250 Detroit Tigers Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia 230 [281]
2012 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander 239 Detroit Tigers Scherzer, MaxMax Scherzer 231 [282]
2013 Darvish, YuYu Darvish 277 Texas Rangers Scherzer, MaxMax Scherzer 240 [283]

Other major leagues[edit]

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Matt Kilroy's 513 strikeouts in 1886 is the most in a single season by a pitcher among modern recognized major leagues.
Year Leader K Team League Runner-up K Ref
1882 Mullane, TonyTony Mullane 170 Louisville Eclipse American Association Salisbury, HarryHarry Salisbury 135 [284]
1883 Keefe, TimTim KeefeHall of Fame 359 New York Metropolitans American Association Mathews, BobbyBobby Mathews 203 [29]
1884 Hecker, GuyGuy Hecker 385 Louisville Eclipse American Association Henderson, HardieHardie Henderson 346 [285]
1884 Daily, HughHugh Daily 483 Chicago Browns
Washington Nationals
Union Association Sweeney, BillBill Sweeney 374 [286]
1885 Morris, EdEd Morris 298 Pittsburgh Alleghenys American Association Mathews, BobbyBobby Mathews 286 [287]
1886 Kilroy, MattMatt Kilroy 513 Baltimore Orioles American Association Ramsey, ToadToad Ramsey 499 [288]
1887 Ramsey, ToadToad Ramsey 355 Louisville Eclipse American Association Kilroy, MattMatt Kilroy 217 [289]
1888 Seward, EdEd Seward 272 Philadelphia Athletics American Association King, SilverSilver King 258 [290]
1889 Baldwin, MarkMark Baldwin 368 Brooklyn Bridegrooms American Association Kilroy, MattMatt Kilroy 217 [291]
1890 McMahon, SadieSadie McMahon 291 Philadelphia Athletics
Baltimore Orioles
American Association Stivetts, JackJack Stivetts 289 [292]
1890 Baldwin, MarkMark Baldwin 206 Chicago Pirates Players' League King, SilverSilver King 185 [293]
1891 Stivetts, JackJack Stivetts 259 St. Louis Browns American Association Knell, PhilPhil Knell 228 [294]
1914 Falkenberg, CyCy Falkenberg 236 Indianapolis Hoosiers Federal League Moseley, EarlEarl Moseley 205 [295]
1915 Davenport, DaveDave Davenport 229 St. Louis Terriers Federal League Schulz, AlAl Schulz 160 [296]

Footnotes[edit]

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