Year by Year Leaders for Complete Games

Ever wonder who pitched the most complete games the year you were born? How about pitchers from you favorite team — have they ever led the league in complete games?

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League complete games for every season since 1876. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

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"But the saddest words of all to a pitcher are three - 'Take Him Out.'" - Complete Games Leader (1908 & 1910) / Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson

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Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Jim Devlin

66

Louisville

1877 - - - 1877

Jim Devlin

61

Louisville

1878 - - - 1878

Tommy Bond

57

Boston

1879 - - - 1879

Will White

75

Cincinnati

1880 - - - 1880

Jim McCormick

72

Cleveland

1881 - - - 1881

Jim McCormick

57

Cleveland

Jim Whitney

Boston

1882 - - - 1882

Jim McCormick

65

Cleveland

1883 - - - 1883

Pud Galvin

72

Buffalo

1884 - - - 1884

Old Hoss Radbourn

73

Providence

1885 - - - 1885

John Clarkson

68

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Tim Keefe

62

New York

1887 - - - 1887

John Clarkson

56

Chicago

1888 - - - 1888

Ed Morris

54

Pittsburgh

1889 - - - 1889

John Clarkson

68

Boston

1890 - - - 1890

Bill Hutchison

65

Chicago

1891 - - - 1891

Bill Hutchison

56

Chicago

1892 - - - 1892

Bill Hutchison

67

Chicago

1893 - - - 1893

Amos Rusie

50

New York

1894 - - - 1894

Theodore Breitenstein

46

St. Louis

1895 - - - 1895

Theodore Breitenstein

46

St. Louis

1896 - - - 1896

Frank Killen

44

Pittsburgh

1897 - - - 1897

Red Donahue

38

St. Louis

Clark Griffith

Chicago

Frank Killen

Pittsburgh

1898 - - - 1898

Jack Taylor

42

St. Louis

1899 - - - 1899

Bill Carrick

40

New York

Jack Powell

St. Louis

Cy Young

St. Louis

1900 - - - 1900

Pink Hawley

34

New York

1901 Joe McGinnity

39

Baltimore 1901

Noodles Hahn

41

Cincinnati

1902 Cy Young

41

Boston 1902

Vic Willis

45

Boston

1903 Bill Donovan

34

Detroit 1903

Joe McGinnity

44

New York

Rube Waddell Philadelphia
Cy Young Boston
1904 Jack Chesbro

48

New York 1904

Jack Taylor

39

St. Louis

Vic Willis

Boston

1905 Harry Howell

35

St. Louis 1905

Irv Young

41

Boston

George Mullin Detroit
Eddie Plank Philadelphia
1906 Al Orth

36

New York 1906

Irv Young

37

Boston

1907 Ed Walsh

37

Chicago 1907

Stoney McGlynn

33

St. Louis

1908 Ed Walsh

42

Chicago 1908

Christy Mathewson

34

New York

1909 Frank Smith

37

Chicago 1909

Mordecai Brown

32

Chicago

1910 Walter Johnson

38

Washington 1910

Mordecai Brown

27

Chicago

Christy Mathewson

New York

Nap Rucker

Brooklyn

1911 Walter Johnson

36

Washington 1911

Grover Alexander

31

Philadelphia

1912 Joe Wood

35

Boston 1912

Larry Cheney

28

Chicago

1913 Walter Johnson

29

Washington 1913

Lefty Tyler

28

Boston

1914 Walter Johnson

33

Washington 1914

Grover Alexander

32

Philadelphia

1915 Walter Johnson

35

Washington 1915

Grover Alexander

36

Philadelphia

1916 Walter Johnson

36

Washington 1916

Grover Alexander

38

Philadelphia

1917 Babe Ruth

35

Boston 1917

Grover Alexander

34

Philadelphia

1918 Carl Mays

30

Boston 1918

Art Nehf

28

Boston

Scott Perry Philadelphia
1919 Eddie Cicotte

30

Chicago 1919

Wilbur Cooper

27

Pittsburgh

1920 Jim Bagby

30

Cleveland 1920

Grover Alexander

33

Chicago

1921 Red Faber

32

Chicago 1921

Burleigh Grimes

30

Brooklyn

1922 Red Faber

31

Chicago 1922

Wilbur Cooper

27

Pittsburgh

1923 George Uhle

29

Cleveland 1923

Burleigh Grimes

33

Brooklyn

1924 Sloppy Thurston

28

Chicago 1924

Burleigh Grimes

30

Brooklyn

Dazzy Vance

Brooklyn

1925 Howard Ehmke

22

Boston 1925

Pete Donohue

27

Cincinnati

Sherry Smith Cleveland
1926 George Uhle

32

Cleveland 1926

Carl Mays

24

Cincinnati

1927 Ted Lyons

30

Chicago 1927

Jesse Haines

25

St. Louis

Lee Meadows

Pittsburgh

Dazzy Vance

Brooklyn

1928 Red Ruffing

25

Boston 1928

Larry Benton

28

New York

Burleigh Grimes

Pittsburgh

1929 Tommy Thomas

24

Chicago 1929

Red Lucas

28

Cincinnati

1930 Ted Lyons

29

Chicago 1930

Erv Brame

22

Pittsburgh

Pat Malone

Chicago

1931 Wes Ferrell

27

Cleveland 1931

Red Lucas

24

Cincinnati

Lefty Grove Philadelphia
1932 Lefty Grove

27

Philadelphia 1932

Red Lucas

28

Cincinnati

1933 Lefty Grove

21

Philadelphia 1933

Dizzy Dean

26

St. Louis

Lon Warneke

Chicago

1934 Lefty Gomez

25

New York 1934

Carl Hubbell

25

New York

1935 Wes Ferrell

31

Boston 1935

Dizzy Dean

29

St. Louis

1936 Wes Ferrell

28

Boston 1936

Dizzy Dean

28

St. Louis

1937 Wes Ferrell

26

Boston 1937

Jim Turner

24

Boston

Washington
1938 Bobo Newsom

31

St. Louis 1938

Paul Derringer

26

Cincinnati

1939 Bob Feller

24

Cleveland 1939

Bucky Walters

31

Cincinnati

Bobo Newsom Detroit
St. Louis
1940 Bob Feller

31

Cleveland 1940

Bucky Walters

29

Cincinnati

1941 Thornton Lee

30

Chicago 1941

Bucky Walters

27

Cincinnati

1942 Tiny Bonham

22

New York 1942

Jim Tobin

28

Boston

Tex Hughson Boston
1943 Spud Chandler

20

New York 1943

Rip Sewell

25

Pittsburgh

Tex Hughson Boston
1944 Dizzy Trout

33

Detroit 1944

Jim Tobin

28

Boston

1945 Hal Newhouser

29

Detroit 1945

Red Barrett

24

Boston

St. Louis

1946 Bob Feller

36

Cleveland 1946

Johnny Sain

24

Boston

1947 Hal Newhouser

24

Detroit 1947

Ewell Blackwell

23

Cincinnati

1948 Bob Lemon

20

Cleveland 1948

Johnny Sain

28

Boston

1949 Mel Parnell

27

Boston 1949

Warren Spahn

25

Boston

1950 Ned Garver

22

St. Louis 1950

Vern Bickford

27

Boston

Bob Lemon Cleveland
1951 Ned Garver

24

St. Louis 1951

Warren Spahn

26

Boston

1952 Bob Lemon

28

Cleveland 1952

Robin Roberts

30

Philadelphia

1953 Bob Porterfield

24

Washington 1953

Robin Roberts

33

Philadelphia

1954 Bob Lemon

21

Cleveland 1954

Robin Roberts

29

Philadelphia

Bob Porterfield Washington
1955 Whitey Ford

18

New York 1955

Robin Roberts

26

Philadelphia

1956 Bob Lemon

21

Cleveland 1956

Robin Roberts

22

Philadelphia

Billy Pierce Chicago
1957 Dick Donovan

16

Chicago 1957

Warren Spahn

18

Milwaukee

Billy Pierce Chicago
1958 Frank Lary

19

Detroit 1958

Warren Spahn

23

Milwaukee

Billy Pierce Chicago
Bob Turley New York
1959 Camilo Pascual

17

Washington 1959

Warren Spahn

21

Milwaukee

1960 Frank Lary

15

Detroit 1960

Lew Burdette

18

Milwaukee

Vern Law

Pittsburgh

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1961 Frank Lary

22

Detroit 1961

Warren Spahn

21

Milwaukee

1962 Camilo Pascual

18

Minnesota 1962

Warren Spahn

22

Milwaukee

1963 Camilo Pascual

18

Minnesota 1963

Warren Spahn

22

Milwaukee

Ralph Terry New York
1964 Dean Chance

15

Los Angeles 1964

Juan Marichal

22

San Francisco

1965 Mel Stottlemyre

18

New York 1965

Sandy Koufax

27

Los Angeles

1966 Jim Kaat

19

Minnesota 1966

Sandy Koufax

27

Los Angeles

1967 Dean Chance

18

Minnesota 1967

Fergie Jenkins

20

Chicago

1968 Denny McLain

28

Detroit 1968

Juan Marichal

30

San Francisco

1969 Mel Stottlemyre

24

New York 1969

Bob Gibson

28

St. Louis

1970 Mike Cuellar

21

Baltimore 1970

Fergie Jenkins

24

Chicago

1971 Mickey Lolich

29

Detroit 1971

Fergie Jenkins

30

Chicago

1972 Gaylord Perry

29

Cleveland 1972

Steve Carlton

30

Philadelphia

1973 Gaylord Perry

29

Cleveland 1973

Steve Carlton

18

Philadelphia

Tom Seaver

New York

1974 Fergie Jenkins

29

Texas 1974

Phil Niekro

18

Atlanta

1975 Catfish Hunter

30

New York 1975

Andy Messersmith

19

Los Angeles

1976 Mark Fidrych

24

Detroit 1976

Randy Jones

25

San Diego

1977 Jim Palmer

22

Baltimore 1977

Phil Niekro

20

Atlanta

Nolan Ryan California
1978 Mike Caldwell

23

Milwaukee 1978

Phil Niekro

22

Atlanta

1979 Dennis Martinez

18

Baltimore 1979

Phil Niekro

23

Atlanta

1980 Rick Langford

28

Oakland 1980

Steve Rogers

14

Montreal

1981 Rick Langford

18

Oakland 1981

Fernando Valenzuela

11

Los Angeles

1982 Dave Stieb

19

Toronto 1982

Steve Carlton

19

Philadelphia

1983 Ron Guidry

21

New York 1983

Mario Soto

18

Cincinnati

1984 Charlie Hough

17

Texas 1984

Mario Soto

13

Cincinnati

1985 Bert Blyleven

24

Cleveland 1985

Dwight Gooden

16

New York

Minnesota
1986 Tom Candiotti

17

Cleveland 1986

Fernando Valenzuela

20

Los Angeles

1987 Roger Clemens

18

Boston 1987

Rick Reuschel

12

Pittsburgh

San Francisco

Fernando Valenzuela

Los Angeles

1988 Roger Clemens

14

Boston 1988

Orel Hershiser

15

Los Angeles

Dave Stewart Oakland

Danny Jackson

Cincinnati

1989 Bret Saberhagen

12

Kansas City 1989

Tim Belcher

10

Los Angeles

Bruce Hurst

San Diego

1990 Jack Morris

11

Detroit 1990

Ramon Martinez

12

Los Angeles

Dave Stewart Oakland
1991 Jack McDowell

15

Chicago 1991

Tom Glavine

9

Atlanta

Dennis Martinez

Montreal

1992 Jack McDowell

13

Chicago 1992

Terry Mulholland

12

Philadelphia

1993 Chuck Finley

13

California 1993

Greg Maddux

8

Atlanta

1994 Randy Johnson

9

Seattle 1994

Greg Maddux

10

Atlanta

1995 Jack McDowell

8

New York 1995

Greg Maddux

10

Atlanta

1996 Pat Hentgen

10

Toronto 1996

Curt Schilling

8

Philadelphia

1997 Roger Clemens

9

Toronto 1997

Pedro Martinez

13

Montreal

Pat Hentgen Toronto
1998 Scott Erickson

11

Baltimore 1998

Curt Schilling

15

Philadelphia

1999 David Wells

7

Toronto 1999

Randy Johnson

12

Arizona

2000 David Wells

9

Toronto 2000

Randy Johnson

8

Arizona

Curt Schilling

Arizona

Philadelphia

2001 Steve Sparks

8

Detroit 2001

Curt Schilling

6

Arizona

2002 Paul Byrd

7

Kansas City 2002

Randy Johnson

8

Arizona

2003 Bartolo Colon

9

Chicago 2003

Livan Hernandez

8

Montreal

Roy Halladay Toronto
Mark Mulder Oakland
2004 Mark Mulder

5

Oakland 2004

Livan Hernandez

9

Montreal

Sidney Ponson Baltimore
Jake Westbrook Cleveland
2005 Roy Halladay

5

Toronto 2005

Chris Carpenter

7

St. Louis

Dontrelle Willis

Florida

2006 CC Sabathia

6

Cleveland 2006

Aaron Harang

6

Cincinnati

2007 Roy Halladay

7

Toronto 2007

Brandon Webb

4

Arizona

2008 Roy Halladay

9

Toronto 2008

C.C. Sabathia

7

Milwaukee

2009 Roy Halladay

9

Toronto 2009

Matt Cain

4

San Francisco

Tim Lincecum

San Francisco

2010 Cliff Lee

7

Seattle 2010

Roy Halladay

9

Philadelphia

Texas
Carl Pavano Minnesota
2011 James Shields

11

Tampa Bay 2011

Roy Halladay

8

Philadelphia

2012 Justin Verlander

6

Detroit 2012

R.A. Dickey

5

New York

2013 David Price

4

Tampa Bay 2013

Adam Wainwright

5

St. Louis

Chris Sale Chicago
2014 Dallas Keuchel

5

Houston 2014

Clayton Kershaw

6

Los Angeles

2015 Mark Buehrle

4

Toronto 2015

Jake Arrieta

4

Chicago

Corey Kluber Cleveland

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles

Max Scherzer

Washington

2016 Chris Sale

6

Chicago 2016

Johnny Cueto

5

San Francisco

2017 Corey Kluber

5

Cleveland 2017

Carlos Martinez

2

St. Louis

Ervin Santana Minnesota

Ivan Nova

Pittsburgh

Clayton Richard

San Diego

Max Scherzer

Washington

2018 Jose Berrios

2

Minnesota 2018

Michael Foltynewicz

2

Atlanta

Carlos Carrasco Cleveland

Max Scherzer

Washington

Corey Kluber Cleveland

Noah Syndergaard

New York

James Paxton Seattle

Jameson Taillon

Pittsburgh

2019 Shane Bieber

3

Cleveland 2019

Sandy Alcantara

2

Miami

Lucas Giolito Chicago

Zach Eflin

Philadelphia

2020 Gerrit Cole

2

New York 2020

Trevor Bauer

2

Cincinnati

Aaron Nola

Philadelphia

Adam Wainwright

St. Louis

Current Through 2020 Season
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Several players who led their league in complete games also won a Cy Young Award that particular year. Compare this chart to that page to see how important complete games really are when determining the recipient of pitching's biggest award.

From 1957 through 1963 Warren Spahn led or tied the National League in complete games setting a Major League record for most consecutive seasons leading a league in complete games.

No pitcher on this page has more than fifty complete games during a season. However, did you know that the top one-hundred single season leaders all fit the criteria that these pitchers do not?

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