Year by Year Leaders for Bases on Balls / Walks Allowed

Ever wonder who allowed the most walks the year you were born? How about players from you favorite team — have they ever led the league in base on balls? Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League base on balls for every season since 1876. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"If you can't beat 'em, walk 'em" - Cy Young

Base on Balls
Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Joe Borden

51

Boston

1877 - - - 1877

Terry Larkin

53

Hartford

Tricky Nichols

St. Louis

1878 - - - 1878

The Only Nolan

56

Indianapolis

1879 - - - 1879

Jim McCormick

74

Cleveland

1880 - - - 1880

Larry Corcoran

99

Chicago

1881 - - - 1881

Jim Whitney

90

Boston

1882 - - - 1882

Jim McCormick

103

Cleveland

1883 - - - 1883

Hugh Daily

99

Cleveland

1884 - - - 1884

Mickey Welch

146

New York

1885 - - - 1885

Mickey Welch

131

New York

1886 - - - 1886

Mickey Welch

163

New York

1887 - - - 1887

Old Hoss Radbourn

133

Boston

1888 - - - 1888

John Clarkson

119

Boston

1889 - - - 1889

John Clarkson

203

Boston

1890 - - - 1890

Amos Rusie

289

New York

1891 - - - 1891

Amos Rusie

262

New York

1892 - - - 1892

Amos Rusie

267

New York

1893 - - - 1893

Amos Rusie

218

New York

1894 - - - 1894

Amos Rusie

200

New York

1895 - - - 1895

Theodore Breitenstein

178

St. Louis

1896 - - - 1896

Chick Fraser

166

Louisville

1897 - - - 1897

Cy Seymour

164

New York

1898 - - - 1898

Cy Seymour

213

New York

1899 - - - 1899

Cy Seymour

170

New York

1900 - - - 1900

Joe McGinnity

113

Brooklyn

1901 Chick Fraser

132

Philadelphia 1901

Bill Donovan

152

Brooklyn

1902 Earl Moore

101

Cleveland 1902

Togie Pittinger

128

Boston

1903 George Mullin

106

Detroit 1903

Togie Pittinger

143

Boston

1904 George Mullin

131

Detroit 1904

Togie Pittinger

144

Boston

1905 George Mullin

138

Detroit 1905

Chick Fraser

149

Boston

1906 Cy Falkenberg

108

Washington 1906

Doc Scanlan

127

Brooklyn

George Mullin Detroit
1907 Frank Smith

111

Chicago 1907

Stoney McGlynn

112

St. Louis

1908 Jimmy Dygert

97

Philadelphia 1908

Nap Rucker

125

Brooklyn

1909 Bob Groom

105

Washington 1909

Al Mattern

108

Boston

Earl Moore

Philadelphia

1910 Cy Morgan

117

Philadelphia 1910

Bob Harmon

133

St. Louis

1911 Gene Krapp

138

Cleveland 1911

Bob Harmon

181

St. Louis

1912 George Kahler

121

Cleveland 1912

Marty O'Toole

159

Pittsburgh

1913 Vean Gregg

124

Cleveland 1913

Tom Seaton

136

Philadelphia

1914 Jim Shaw

137

Washington 1914

Larry Cheney

140

Chicago

1915 Weldon Wyckoff

165

Philadelphia 1915

Gene Dale

107

Cincinnati

1916 Elmer Myers

168

Philadelphia 1916

Al Mamaux

136

Pittsburgh

1917 Jim Shaw

123

Washington 1917

Pete Schneider

117

Cincinnati

1918 Slim Love

116

New York 1918

Pete Schneider

117

Cincinnati

1919 Howard Ehmke

107

Detroit 1919

Jakie May

87

St. Louis

1920 Dixie Davis

149

St. Louis 1920

Ferdie Schupp

127

St. Louis

1921 Dixie Davis

123

St. Louis 1921

Joe Oeschger

97

Boston

1922 Rip Collins

103

Boston 1922

Jimmy Ring

103

Philadelphia

1923 Elam Vangilder

120

St. Louis 1923

Jimmy Ring

115

Philadelphia

1924 Bullet Joe Bush

109

New York 1924

Jimmy Ring

108

Philadelphia

1925 Lefty Grove

131

Philadelphia 1925

Jimmy Ring

119

Philadelphia

1926 George Uhle

118

Cleveland 1926

Sheriff Blake

92

Chicago

1927 Earl Whitehill

105

Detroit 1927

Charlie Root

117

Chicago

1928 Hank Johnson

104

New York 1928

Doug McWeeny

114

Brooklyn

1929 George Earnshaw

125

Philadelphia 1929

Claude Willoughby

108

Philadelphia

1930 George Earnshaw

139

Philadelphia 1930

Bill Hallahan

126

St. Louis

1931 Wes Ferrell

130

Cleveland 1931

Bill Hallahan

112

St. Louis

1932 Bump Hadley

171

Chicago 1932

Van Mungo

115

Brooklyn

St. Louis
1933 Bump Hadley

141

St. Louis 1933

Bill Hallahan

98

St. Louis

1934 Bobo Newsom

149

St. Louis 1934

Van Mungo

104

Brooklyn

1935 Sugar Cain

123

Philadelphia 1935

Roy Parmelee

97

New York

St. Louis
1936 Vern Kennedy

147

Chicago 1936

Van Mungo

118

Brooklyn

1937 Bobo Newsom

167

Boston 1937

Hugh Mulcahy

97

Philadelphia

Washington
1938 Bob Feller

208

Cleveland 1938

Clay Bryant

125

Chicago

1939 Bob Feller

142

Cleveland 1939

Kirby Higbe

123

Chicago

Philadelphia

1940 Ken Chase

143

Washington 1940

Kirby Higbe

121

Philadelphia

1941 Bob Feller

194

Cleveland 1941

Kirby Higbe

132

Brooklyn

1942 Phil Marchildon

140

Philadelphia 1942

Rube Melton

114

Philadelphia

1943 Hal Newhouser

111

Detroit 1943

Johnny Vander Meer

162

Cincinnati

1944 Rufe Gentry

108

Detroit 1944

Hal Gregg

137

Brooklyn

1945 Allie Reynolds

130

Cleveland 1945

Hal Gregg

120

Brooklyn

1946 Bob Feller

153

Cleveland 1946

Monte Kennedy

116

New York

1947 Phil Marchildon

141

Philadelphia 1947

Kirby Higbe

122

Brooklyn

Pittsburgh

1948 Bill Wight

135

Chicago 1948

Johnny Vander Meer

124

Cincinnati

1949 Tommy Byrne

179

New York 1949

Herm Wehmeier

117

Cincinnati

1950 Tommy Byrne

160

New York 1950

Herm Wehmeier

135

Cincinnati

1951 Tommy Byrne

150

New York 1951

Warren Spahn

109

Boston

St. Louis
1952 Early Wynn

132

Cleveland 1952

Vinegar Bend Mizell

103

St. Louis

Herm Wehmeier

Cincinnati

1953 Mel Parnell

116

Boston 1953

Johnny Lindell

139

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

1954 Bob Turley

181

Baltimore 1954

Ruben Gomez

109

New York

1955 Bob Turley

177

New York 1955

Sam Jones

185

Chicago

1956 Paul Foytack

142

Detroit 1956

Sam Jones

115

Chicago

1957 Ray Moore

112

Baltimore 1957

Dick Drott

129

Chicago

1958 Bob Turley

128

New York 1958

Sam Jones

107

St. Louis

1959 Early Wynn

119

Chicago 1959

Sam Jones

109

San Francisco

1960 Steve Barber

113

Baltimore 1960

Bob Buhl

103

Milwaukee

1961 Chuck Estrada

132

Baltimore 1961

Bob Gibson

119

St. Louis

1962 Bo Belinsky

122

Los Angeles 1962

Jack Hamilton

107

Philadelphia

1963 Earl Wilson

105

Boston 1963

Ray Culp

102

Philadelphia

1964 Al Downing

120

New York 1964

Bob Veale

124

Pittsburgh

1965 Sam McDowell

132

Cleveland 1965

Tony Cloninger

119

Milwaukee

Bob Veale

Pittsburgh

1966 Dean Chance

114

California 1966

Tony Cloninger

116

Atlanta

1967 Sam McDowell

123

Cleveland 1967

Bob Veale

119

Pittsburgh

1968 Sam McDowell

110

Cleveland 1968

Bob Veale

94

Pittsburgh

1969 Luis Tiant

129

Cleveland 1969

Bill Stoneman

123

Montreal

1970 Sam McDowell

131

Cleveland 1970

Carl Morton

125

Montreal

1971 Sam McDowell

153

Cleveland 1971

Bill Stoneman

146

Montreal

1972 Nolan Ryan

157

California 1972

Steve Arlin

122

San Diego

1973 Nolan Ryan

162

California 1973

Jerry Reuss

117

Houston

1974 Nolan Ryan

202

California 1974

Steve Carlton

136

Philadelphia

1975 Mike Torrez

133

Baltimore 1975

J.R. Richard

138

Houston

1976 Nolan Ryan

183

California 1976

J.R. Richard

151

Houston

1977 Nolan Ryan

204

California 1977

Phil Niekro

164

Atlanta

1978 Nolan Ryan

148

California 1978

J.R. Richard

141

Houston

1979 Mike Torrez

121

Boston 1979

Phil Niekro

113

Atlanta

1980 Jim Clancy

128

Toronto 1980

Nolan Ryan

98

Houston

1981 Jack Morris

78

Detroit 1981

Bruce Berenyi

77

Cincinnati

1982 Dave Righetti

108

New York 1982

Nolan Ryan

109

Houston

1983 Richard Dotson

106

Chicago 1983

Mike Torrez

113

New York

1984 Mark Langston

118

Seattle 1984

Fernando Valenzuela

106

Los Angeles

1985 Phil Niekro

120

New York 1985

Ron Darling

114

New York

1986 Bobby Witt

143

Texas 1986

Floyd Youmans

118

Montreal

1987 Bobby Witt

140

Texas 1987

Fernando Valenzuela

124

Los Angeles

1988 Charlie Hough

126

Texas 1988

Kevin Gross

89

Philadelphia

1989 Bobby Witt

114

Texas 1989

Ken Hill

99

St. Louis

1990 Randy Johnson

120

Seattle 1990

John Smoltz

90

Atlanta

1991 Randy Johnson

152

Seattle 1991

Jose DeJesus

128

Philadelphia

1992 Randy Johnson

144

Seattle 1992

David Cone

82

New York

1993 Wilson Alvarez

122

Chicago 1993

Ramon Martinez

104

Los Angeles

1994 Mike Moore

89

Detroit 1994

Darryl Kile

82

Houston

Todd Van Poppel Oakland
1995 Al Leiter

108

Toronto 1995

Ramon Martinez

81

Los Angeles

1996 Rich Robertson

116

Minnesota 1996

Al Leiter

119

Florida

1997 Ken Hill

95

Anaheim 1997

Shawn Estes

100

San Francisco

Texas
1998 Tony Saunders

111

Tampa Bay 1998

Joey Hamilton

106

San Diego

1999 Scott Erickson

99

Baltimore 1999

Russ Ortiz

125

San Francisco

2000 Kevin Appier

102

Oakland 2000

Matt Clement

125

San Diego

2001 Hideo Nomo

96

Boston 2001

Ryan Dempster

112

Florida

2002 Tanyon Sturtze

89

Tampa Bay 2002

Kazuhisa Ishii

106

Los Angeles

2003 Victor Zambrano

106

Tampa Bay 2003

Russ Ortiz

102

Atlanta

2004 Miguel Batista

96

Toronto 2004

Brandon Webb

119

Arizona

Victor Zambrano Tampa Bay
2005 Scott Kazmir

100

Tampa Bay 2005

Kip Wells

99

Pittsburgh

2006 Daniel Cabrera

104

Baltimore 2006

Carlos Zambrano

115

Chicago

2007 Daniel Cabrera

108

Baltimore 2007

Carlos Zambrano

101

Chicago

2008 Daisuke Matsuzaka

94

Boston 2008

Oliver Perez

105

New York

2009 A.J. Burnett

97

New York 2009

Doug Davis

103

Arizona

2010 C.J. Wilson

93

Texas 2010

Jonathan Sanchez

96

San Francisco

2011 Gio Gonzalez

91

Oakland 2011

Jhoulys Chacin

87

Colorado

2012 Ricky Romero

105

Toronto 2012

Edinson Volquez

105

San Diego

2013 Lucas Harrell

88

Houston 2013

Jeff Locke

84

Pittsburgh

2014 C.J. Wilson

85

Los Angeles 2014

A.J. Burnett

96

Philadelphia

2015 Trevor Bauer

79

Cleveland 2015

Tyson Ross

84

San Diego

2016 Hector Santiago

79

Los Angeles 2016

Jimmy Nelson

86

Milwaukee

Minnesota
2017 Wade Miley

93

Baltimore 2017

Gio Gonzalez

79

Washington

2018 Lucas Giolito

90

Chicago 2018

Tyler Chatwood

95

Chicago

2019 Eduardo Rodriguez

75

Boston 2019

Dakota Hudson

86

St. Louis

2020 Dylan Cease

34

Chicago 2020

Robbie Ray

31

Arizona

Current Through 2020 Season
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The eighty-on) walks allowed by Ramon Martinez during the 1995 season is the lowest Major League total high enough to still lead the league in bases on balls allowed during a full / non-strike season.

Nolan Ryan and Bob Feller are the only two pitchers that ever allowed more than two-hundred walks during a single season and both of them are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Did you know that Nolan Ryan has led the major leagues in walks allowed more times than any other pitcher in Major League history — proof that he believed what Cy Young said at the top of the page.

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