Strikeout Records for Hitters

Major League Baseball Records for Strikeouts

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

"I'm human and I've played my butt off for ten years. I'm not a loafer, I'm not a jerk, I'm a baseball player." - Reggie Jackson (American League career leader for strikeouts)
Strikeout Records for Hitters

Career Strikeout Records for Hitters

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Career

AL

Cleveland

99

114

New York

15

NL

Pittsburgh

167

173

Boston

0

Cincinnati

0

Philadelphia

6

Brooklyn

0

Most Strikeouts
In A Career
( Top 1,000 )

AL

Kansas City

46

2,597

Oakland

1,180

Baltimore

108

New York

573

California

690

NL

Pittsburgh

1,936

1,936
Strikeout Records for Hitters

Single Season Strikeout Records for Hitters (150 Games Played Minimum)

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Fewest Strikeouts
By The League Leader

AL

Philadelphia

66

1930

Cleveland

1930

NL

Chicago

63

1924

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season

AL

Cleveland

4

1925

Cleveland

1929

NL

Chicago

5

1922

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Lefthander

AL

Cleveland

4

1925

Cleveland

1929

NL

Chicago

5

1922

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Righthander

AL

Cleveland

9

1948

Boston

1921

NL

Philadelphia

8

1947

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Rookie

AL

Boston

25

1930

NL

Brooklyn

17

1936

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Switch-Hitter

AL

Chicago

23

1920

NL

St. Louis

10

1927

Most Strikeouts
In A Season
( Top 500 )

AL

Chicago

222

2012

NL

Arizona

223

2009

Most Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Lefthander

AL

Chicago

222

2012

NL
Washington
199
2010

Philadelphia

199

2007

Philadelphia
199
2008

Most Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Righthander

AL

Houston

212

2013

NL

Arizona

223

2009

Most Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Rookie

AL

New York

208

2017

NL

Chicago

199

2015

Most Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Switch-Hitter

AL
Chicago
217
2018
NL

Washington

189

2012

Most Consecutive Strikeouts
In A Season in Consecutive Games
(Consecutive Plate Appearences)

AL

California

11

NL

Brooklyn

12

Most Consecutive Strikeouts
In A Season in Consecutive Games
(Consecutive Plate Appearences)

[Positional Players / Non-Pitcher]

AL
Kansas City
9
Oakland
Kansas City
NL
Chicago
9
Cincinnati
Arizona
Most Consecutive Strikeouts
In A Season in Consecutive Games
(Non-Consecutive Plate Appearences)
AL
Washington
13
NL
Montreal
15
Most Consecutive Seasons
Leading The League
( Yearly Leaders )
AL

Oakland

4

1968 - 1971

NL

Boston / Pittsburgh

4

1942 - 1945

Philadelphia

1984 - 1987

Chicago
1927 - 1930
ML
Arizona [NL]
4
2008 - 2010
Baltimore [AL]
2011 - 2011

Most Seasons
Leading The League
( Yearly Leaders )

AL

Philadelphia

7

1929

Philadelphia

1930

Philadelphia

1931

Philadelphia

1933

Philadelphia

1935

Boston

1936

Boston

1941

NL

Boston

6

1937

Boston

1938

Pittsburgh

1942

Pittsburgh

1943

Pittsburgh

1944

Pittsburgh

1945

Strikeout Records for Hitters

Game Specific Strikeout Records for Hitters

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data
Most Games
With No Strikeouts
Consecutively
AL
Cleveland
115
05-19- 1929
09-19- 1929
NL
Pittsburgh
77
04-24- 1941
Boston
09-16- 1941
Most Games in a Career
With 4+ Strikeouts
AL
Kansas City
1
23
Oakland
10
Baltimore
0
New York
7
California
5
NL
Philadelphia
27
27
Most Games in a Season
With 4+ Strikeouts

Bold = League Record

AL
Texas
6
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Oakland
5
Oakland
Oakland
Oakland
Oakland
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
NL
Philadelphia
7
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Most Strikeouts
In A Doubleheader

Bold = League Record

AL

New York (Gm 1)

8

New York (Gm 2)

Toronto (Gm 1)

7

Toronto (Gm 2)

Washington (Gm 1)

Washington (Gm 2)

Chicago (Gm 1)

Chicago (Gm 2)

Chicago (Gm 1)

Chicago (Gm 2)

Chicago (Gm 1)

Chicago (Gm 2)

NL

New York (Gm 1)

7

New York (Gm 2)

Most Strikeouts
In A 9-Inning Game

AL

Minnesota

5

Chicago

Detroit

Baltimore

New York

Baltimore

Oakland

Houston
Chicago

Milwaukee

Cleveland

Oakland

Philadelphia

Seattle

Kansas City

Detroit
04-14-2019

Washington

Kansas City

Oakland

Oakland

Boston

New York

Detroit

Chicago

Milwaukee

Cleveland

Milwaukee

Oakland

Detroit

Kansas City

New York

Boston

Houston

Toronto

Toronto

Boston
Texas
New York

Cleveland

New York

NL

Philadelphia

5

Chicago
Chicago
05-28-2019

Montreal

Pittsburgh

Cincinnati

Philadelphia

San Diego

Montreal

Louisville

08-15-1899

Cincinnati

Colorado
St. Louis
07-07-1911

San Diego

Atlanta

Atlanta

New York

Colorado

Chicago

Montreal

Pittsburgh
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Los Angeles

Milwaukee

Milwaukee

Chicago

Colorado
05-26-2019

Los Angeles

Cincinnati

New York

New York

Washington

Buffalo

06-20-1879

San Francisco

Houston

Pittsburgh

Most Strikeouts
In A Game
Extra Innings

AL

Boston

6

15 Innings

California

20 Innings

Toronto

13 Innings

Baltimore

15 Innings

California

17 Innings

St. Louis

07-25-1913

15 Innings

NL

Chicago

6

17 Innings

Milwaukee

17 Innings

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data
Strikeout Records for Hitters | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.


The most times an American League pitcher struck out during a single season was 65 times set in 1972, by Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox . In the National League it was 62 times, set in 1968, by Jerry Koosman of the New York Mets .

The Major League record for most strikeouts during a players first game ever is four . Those who have worn a "golden sombrero" and entered this record book during their debut are: Billy Sunday (May 22, 1883), Hercules Burnett (June 26, 1888), George Goetz (June 17, 1889), Rollie Naylor ( September 14, 1917 ), Lee Bales ( August 7, 1966 ), and Sam Ewing ( September 11, 1973 ).

Reggie Jackson , the all-time strikeout leader , also holds the Major League record for most seasons with at least one-hundred strikeouts — he has eighteen.

Did you know that from 1952 through 1962, Nellie Fox led the league in fewest strikeouts for a player appearing in at least one-hundred fifty games?

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