List of Major League Baseball career games started leaders

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Cy Young, the all-time leader in career starts

In baseball statistics, a pitcher is credited with a game started (denoted by GS) if he is the first pitcher to pitch for his team in a game.

Cy Young holds the Major League Baseball games started record with 815; Nolan Ryan is second with 773. Young is the only pitcher in MLB history to start more than 800 career games. Nolan Ryan (773), Don Sutton (756), Greg Maddux (740), Phil Niekro (716), Steve Carlton (709), Roger Clemens (707), and Tommy John (700) are the only other pitches to have started 700 or more games their career.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career wins. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2017 GS) Number of games started during the 2017 Major League Baseball season
GS Total career games started
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

Career leaders in games started[edit]

Bartolo Colón, the active leader in career games started and tied for 44th all-time.
  • Stats updated as of April 21, 2017.
Rank Player (2017 GS) GS
1 Cy Young * 815
2 Nolan Ryan * 773
3 Don Sutton * 756
4 Greg Maddux * 740
5 Phil Niekro * 716
6 Steve Carlton * 709
7 Roger Clemens 707
8 Tommy John 700
9 Gaylord Perry * 690
10 Pud Galvin * 688
11 Bert Blyleven * 685
12 Tom Glavine * 682
13 Walter Johnson * 666
14 Warren Spahn * 665
15 Tom Seaver * 647
16 Jamie Moyer 638
17 Jim Kaat 625
18 Frank Tanana 616
19 Early Wynn * 611
20 Robin Roberts * 609
21 Randy Johnson * 603
22 Grover Cleveland Alexander * 600
23 Ferguson Jenkins * 594
Tim Keefe * 594
25 Bobby Mathews 568
26 Dennis Martínez 562
Kid Nichols * 562
28 Eppa Rixey * 554
29 Christy Mathewson * 552
30 Mickey Welch * 549
31 Jerry Reuss 547
32 Red Ruffing * 538
33 Mike Mussina 536
34 Eddie Plank * 529
Rick Reuschel 529
36 Jerry Koosman 527
Jack Morris 527
38 Jim Palmer * 521
Andy Pettitte 521
40 Jim Bunning * 519
41 John Clarkson * 518
42 Jack Powell 516
43 Gus Weyhing 505
44 Bartolo Colón (4) 504
Tony Mullane 504
46 Charlie Radbourn * 502
47 Joe Niekro 500
48 Bob Friend 497
Burleigh Grimes * 497
50 Mickey Lolich 496
Rank Player (2017 GS) GS
51 Mark Buehrle 493
52 David Wells 489
53 Claude Osteen 488
54 Sad Sam Jones 487
55 CC Sabathia (4) 486
56 Jim McCormick 485
57 Bob Feller * 484
Ted Lyons * 484
Luis Tiant 484
60 Red Faber * 483
Bobo Newsom 483
62 Bob Gibson * 482
63 John Smoltz * 481
64 Tim Hudson 479
65 Kevin Brown 476
Catfish Hunter * 476
67 Liván Hernández 474
Kenny Rogers 474
69 Vida Blue 473
Earl Whitehill 473
71 Vic Willis * 471
72 Chuck Finley 467
73 Orel Hershiser 466
74 Don Drysdale * 465
Milt Pappas 465
76 Doyle Alexander 464
77 Tim Wakefield 463
78 Curt Simmons 462
Bob Welch 462
80 Mike Torrez 458
81 Lefty Grove * 457
Juan Marichal * 457
83 Rick Wise 455
84 Jim Perry 447
85 Paul Derringer 445
86 Kevin Millwood 443
Jack Quinn 443
Javier Vázquez 443
89 Charlie Hough 440
Mike Moore 440
91 Whitey Ford * 438
92 Curt Schilling 436
93 Mel Harder 433
Carl Hubbell * 433
Billy Pierce 433
96 A. J. Burnett 430
97 Larry Jackson 429
98 Mark Langston 428
George Mullin 428
100 Amos Rusie * 427

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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