Strikeout Records

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for strikeouts - including career strikeout marks, single season strikeout plateaus, game related strikeout records and team strikeout records.

"It gave me no chance. He just blew it ( Nolan Ryan : strikeout number five-thousand) by me. But its an honor. I'll have another paragraph in all the baseball books. I'm already in the books three or four times." - Rickey Henderson
Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Career Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Career
( Top 1,000 )

AL

Boston

2,590

4,167

Toronto

563

New York

1,014

NL

St. Louis

951

4,000

Philadelphia

3,031

San Francisco

18

ML

California [AL]

2,416

5,714

Texas [AL]

939

New York [NL]

493

Houston [NL]

1,866

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Career
By A Lefthander

AL
Cleveland
1,265

2,846

Milwaukee
128

New York

1,453

NL

St. Louis

951

4,000

Philadelphia

3,031

San Francisco

18

ML

Montreal [NL]

51

4,875

Seattle [AL]

2,162

Houston [NL]

116

Arizona [NL]

2,077

New York [AL]

383

San Francisco [NL]

86

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Career
By A Righthander

AL

Boston

2,590

4,167

Toronto

563

New York

1,014

NL

Chicago

1,305

3,371

Atlanta

1,828

Los Angeles

54

San Diego

184

ML

California [AL]

2,416

5,714

Texas [AL]

939

New York [NL]

493

Houston [NL]

1,866

Most Games
In A Career
With 10+ Strikeouts

AL
California
114

148

Texas
34
NL
Montreal
1
114
Houston
7
Arizona
106
San Francisco
0
ML
California [AL]
114
215
Texas [AL]
34
New York [NL]
14
Houston [NL]
53
Most Games
In A Career
With 15+ Strikeouts
AL

California

19
23

Texas

4
NL

Montreal

0

12

Houston
1
Arizona
11

San Francisco

0
ML

Montreal [NL]

0

29

Seattle [AL]
17

Houston [NL]

1

Arizona [NL]

11

New York [AL]
0

San Francisco [NL]

0
Strikeout Record for Pitchers

Game Specific Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A 9-Inning Game

AL

Boston

20

Boston

NL
Washington

20

Chicago

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In a 9-Inning Game
By A Lefthander

AL

Seattle

19

Seattle

NL

St. Louis

19

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In a 9-Inning Game
By A Right Hander

AL

Boston

20

Boston

NL
Washington

20

Chicago

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In a 9-Inning Game
By A Rookie - 1 st Game Ever

AL

Philadelphia

12

10-06-1915

Milwaukee

NL

Houston

15

Brooklyn

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In a 9-Inning Game
Consecutively

Bold = League Leader

AL
Detroit

9

Boston

8

New York

California

California

Kansas City

NL

New York

10

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Consecutively
From 1 st Batter

Bold = League Leader

AL
Chicago

7

Chicago

NL
New York
9
08-28-1884
New York
8
Houston
Colorado
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In An Extra Inning Game
AL
Tom Cheney
(Pitched 16 Innings)
Washington
21
16 Innings
NL
Randy Johnson
(Pitched 9 Innings)
Arizona
20
11 Innings
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In An Opening Day Game
(13-or-more Strikeouts List)

Bold = League Leader

AL
Washington
15
AL
Seattle
14
AL
Seattle
14
NL
Los Angeles
14
NL
Chicago
13
NL
St. Louis
13
NL
Houston
13
AL
Baltimore
13
Most Strikeouts by a Relief Pitcher
In A 9-Inning Game
AL
Washington
15
07-25-1913
NL
Arizona
16
Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Inning-by-Inning Specific Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 1 st Inning
AL
Texas
4
Seattle
Anaheim
NL
Florida
4
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 2 nd Inning
AL
Too Many To List
-
6
-
NL
Los Angeles
7
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 3 rd Inning
AL
Cleveland
9
Tampa Bay
NL
New York
9
08-28-1884
Houston
New York
Los Angeles
Colorado
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 4 th Inning
AL
California
11
Los Angeles
Tampa Bay
NL
Arizona
11
Arizona
Chicago
Washington
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 5 th Inning
AL
Seattle
13
Seattle
Los Angeles
Tampa Bay
NL
Houston
13
Washington
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 6 th Inning
AL
Seattle
16
NL
New York
15
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 7 th Inning
AL
Boston
17
Boston
05-14-2019
NL
Houston
16
Montreal
Los Angeles
Arizona
Arizona
San Diego
San Diego
Philadelphia
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 8 th Inning
AL
Boston
19
NL
Los Angeles
18
Chicago
Arizona
Washington
Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
Through the 9 th Inning
AL
Boston
20
Boston
NL
Chicago
20
Arizona
Washington
Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Single Season Strikeout Records for Pitchers

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Season
( Top 500 )

AA

Baltimore

513

1886

AL

California

383

1973

NL

Providence

441

1884

UA

Chicago/Washington

483

1884

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Season
By A Lefthander

AA

Baltimore

513

1886

AL

Philadelphia

349

1904

NL

Los Angeles

382

1965

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Season
By A Relief Pitcher

AL

Boston

181

1964

NL

Houston

157

2004

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Season
By A Righthander

AL

California

383

1973

NL

Providence

441

1884

UA

Chicago/Washington

483

1884

Most Strikeouts by a Pitcher
In A Season
By A Rookie

AA

Baltimore

513

1886

AL

Cleveland

245

1955

NL

New York

276

1984

Most Games
In A Season
With 10+ Strikeouts

AL
California
23
1973
NL
Arizona
23
1999
Arizona
2000
Arizona
2001
Most Games
In A Season (CONSECUTIVELY)
With 10+ Strikeouts
AL
Boston
8
08-19-1999
09-27-1999
Chicago
05-23-2015
06-30-2015
Boston
04-10-2017
05-19-2017
NL

Arizona

7

04-13-2001

05-13-2001

Most Seasons
With 100+ Strikeouts

AL

Boston

12

19

Toronto

2

New York

5

NL

Chicago

8

21

Atlanta

11

Chicago/LA

1

San Diego

1

ML

California [AL]

8

24

Texas [AL]

4

New York [NL]

3

Houston [NL]

9

Most Seasons
With 200+ Strikeouts

AL

Boston

8

11

Toronto

2

New York

1

NL

New York

9

10

Cincinnati

1

ML

California [AL]

7

15

Texas [AL]

3

Houston [NL]

5

Most Seasons
With 300+ Strikeouts

AL

California

5

6

Texas

1

NL

Arizona

4

4

ML

California

5

6

Texas

1

Seattle [AL]

1

Seattle [AL] / Houston [NL]

1

Arizona [NL]

4

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Strikeouts : Career, Single Season & Game Related Strikeout Records for Pitchers



Only a handful of pitchers have thrown exactly nine pitches, recorded exactly nine strikes, and retired the side in an inning of play ; a truly amazing pitching feat.
Team specfic strikeout records ; most strikeouts in a season, fewest in a season, most in a game, most in a doubleheader, and dozens more are in this record book.
Did you know that you could strike out four batters in one inning ? It has been done and every instance is recorded on Baseball Almanac .
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