Year by Year Leaders for Games Started

Ever wonder who started the most games the year you were born? How about pitchers from you favorite team — have they ever led the league in games started? Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League games started 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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Games Started
Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Jim Devlin

68

Louisville

1877 - - - 1877

Jim Devlin

61

Louisville

1878 - - - 1878

Tommy Bond

59

Boston

1879 - - - 1879

Will White

75

Cincinnati

1880 - - - 1880

Jim McCormick

74

Cleveland

1881 - - - 1881

Jim Whitney

63

Boston

1882 - - - 1882

Jim McCormick

67

Cleveland

1883 - - - 1883

Pud Galvin

75

Buffalo

1884 - - - 1884

Old Hoss Radbourn

73

Providence

1885 - - - 1885

John Clarkson

70

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Tim Keefe

64

New York

1887 - - - 1887

John Clarkson

59

Chicago

1888 - - - 1888

Ed Morris

55

Pittsburgh

1889 - - - 1889

John Clarkson

72

Boston

1890 - - - 1890

Bill Hutchison

66

Chicago

1891 - - - 1891

Bill Hutchison

58

Chicago

1892 - - - 1892

Bill Hutchison

70

Chicago

1893 - - - 1893

Amos Rusie

52

New York

1894 - - - 1894

Theodore Breitenstein

50

St. Louis

Amos Rusie

New York

1895 - - - 1895

Theodore Breitenstein

50

St. Louis

Pink Hawley

Pittsburgh

1896 - - - 1896

Frank Killen

50

Pittsburgh

1897 - - - 1897

Red Donahue

42

St. Louis

Win Mercer

Washington

1898 - - - 1898

Jack Taylor

47

St. Louis

1899 - - - 1899

Bill Carrick

43

New York

Jack Powell

St. Louis

1900 - - - 1900

Bill Carrick

41

New York

1901 Joe McGinnity

43

Baltimore 1901

Dummy Taylor

43

New York

1902 Cy Young

43

Boston 1902

Vic Willis

46

Boston

1903 Eddie Plank

40

Philadelphia 1903

Joe McGinnity

48

New York

1904 Jack Chesbro

51

New York 1904

Christy Mathewson

46

New York

1905 George Mullin

41

Detroit 1905

Irv Young

42

Boston

Eddie Plank Philadelphia
1906 Jack Chesbro

42

New York 1906

Irv Young

41

Boston

1907 Ed Walsh

46

Chicago 1907

Stoney McGlynn

39

St. Louis

1908 Ed Walsh

49

Chicago 1908

Christy Mathewson

44

New York

1909 Frank Smith

40

Chicago 1909

Vic Willis

35

Pittsburgh

1910 Walter Johnson

42

Washington 1910

Nap Rucker

39

Brooklyn

1911 Jack Coombs

40

Philadelphia 1911

Bob Harmon

41

St. Louis

1912 Ed Walsh

41

Chicago 1912

Rube Benton

39

Cincinnati

1913 Jim Scott

38

Chicago 1913

Jeff Tesreau

38

New York

1914 Walter Johnson

40

Washington 1914

Larry Cheney

40

Chicago

Jeff Tesreau

New York

1915 Walter Johnson

39

Washington 1915

Dick Rudolph

43

Boston

1916 Babe Ruth

41

Boston 1916

Grover Alexander

45

Philadelphia

1917 Dave Davenport

39

St. Louis 1917

Grover Alexander

44

Philadelphia

1918 Scott Perry

36

Philadelphia 1918

Hippo Vaughn

33

Chicago

1919 Lefty Williams

40

Chicago 1919

Hippo Vaughn

37

Chicago

1920 Red Faber

39

Chicago 1920

Grover Alexander

40

Chicago

1921 Stan Coveleski

40

Cleveland 1921

Wilbur Cooper

38

Pittsburgh

1922 George Uhle

40

Cleveland 1922

Eppa Rixey

38

Cincinnati

1923 George Uhle

44

Cleveland 1923

Wilbur Cooper

38

Pittsburgh

Burleigh Grimes

Brooklyn

1924 Walter Johnson

38

Washington 1924

Burleigh Grimes

36

Brooklyn

1925 Slim Harriss

33

Philadelphia 1925

Pete Donohue

38

Cincinnati

Earl Whitehill Detroit
Tom Zachary Washington
1926 George Uhle

36

Cleveland 1926

Pete Donohue

38

Cincinnati

1927 Tommy Thomas

36

Chicago 1927

Lee Meadows

38

Pittsburgh

1928 George Pipgras

38

New York 1928

Burleigh Grimes

37

Pittsburgh

Eppa Rixey

Cincinnati

1929 Sam Gray

37

St. Louis 1929

Watty Clark

36

Brooklyn

Lefty Grove Philadelphia
1930 George Earnshaw

39

Philadelphia 1930

Ray Kremer

38

Pittsburgh

1931 Sam Gray

37

St. Louis 1931

Heinie Meine

35

Pittsburgh

1932 Alvin Crowder

39

Washington 1932

Watty Clark

36

Brooklyn

1933 Earl Whitehill

37

Washington 1933

Boom-Boom Beck

35

Brooklyn

Freddie Fitzsimmons

New York

Larry French

Pittsburgh

1934 Tommy Bridges

35

Detroit 1934

Van Mungo

38

Brooklyn

1935 Wes Ferrell

38

Boston 1935

Dizzy Dean

36

St. Louis

1936 Tommy Bridges

38

Detroit 1936

Paul Derringer

37

Cincinnati

Wes Ferrell Boston

Van Mungo

Brooklyn

Bobo Newsom Washington
1937 Bobo Newsom

37

Boston 1937

Cy Blanton

34

Pittsburgh

Washington

Claude Passeau

Philadelphia

Bucky Walters

Philadelphia

Bob Weiland

St. Louis

1938 George Caster

40

Philadelphia 1938

Paul Derringer

37

Cincinnati

Bobo Newsom St. Louis

Bill Lee

Chicago

1939 Bobo Newsom

37

Detroit 1939

Luke Hamlin

36

Brooklyn

St. Louis

Bill Lee

Chicago

Bucky Walters

Cincinnati

1940 Bob Feller

37

Cleveland 1940

Paul Derringer

37

Cincinnati

1941 Bob Feller

40

Cleveland 1941

Kirby Higbe

39

Brooklyn

1942 Jim Bagby

35

Cleveland 1942

Al Javery

37

Boston

1943 Jim Bagby

33

Cleveland 1943

Johnny Vander Meer

36

Cincinnati

Early Wynn Washington
1944 Dizzy Trout

40

Detroit 1944

Bill Voiselle

41

New York

1945 Hal Newhouser

36

Detroit 1945

Bill Voiselle

35

New York

1946 Bob Feller

42

Cleveland 1946

Dave Koslo

35

New York

1947 Bob Feller

37

Cleveland 1947

Ralph Branca

36

Brooklyn

1948 Bob Feller

38

Cleveland 1948

Johnny Sain

39

Boston

1949 Vic Raschi

37

New York 1949

Ken Raffensberger

38

Cincinnati

Warren Spahn

Boston

1950 Bob Lemon

37

Cleveland 1950

Vern Bickford

39

Boston

Robin Roberts

Philadelphia

Warren Spahn

Boston

1951 Bob Lemon

34

Cleveland 1951

Robin Roberts

39

Philadelphia

Vic Raschi New York
Early Wynn Cleveland
1952 Mike Garcia

36

Cleveland 1952

Robin Roberts

37

Philadelphia

Bob Lemon Cleveland
1953 Harry Byrd

37

Philadelphia 1953

Robin Roberts

41

Philadelphia

1954 Early Wynn

36

Cleveland 1954

Robin Roberts

38

Philadelphia

1955 Frank Sullivan

35

Boston 1955

Robin Roberts

38

Philadelphia

1956 Frank Lary

38

Detroit 1956

Bob Friend

42

Pittsburgh

1957 Early Wynn

37

Cleveland 1957

Bob Friend

38

Pittsburgh

1958 Pedro Ramos

37

Washington 1958

Bob Friend

38

Pittsburgh

1959 Paul Foytack

37

Detroit 1959

Lew Burdette

39

Milwaukee

Early Wynn Chicago
1960 Frank Lary

36

Detroit 1960

Larry Jackson

38

St. Louis

Jim Perry Cleveland
Pedro Ramos Washington
1961 Whitey Ford

39

New York 1961

Don Cardwell

38

Chicago

1962 Ralph Terry

39

New York 1962

Don Drysdale

41

Los Angeles

1963 Whitey Ford

37

New York 1963

Don Drysdale

42

Los Angeles

Ralph Terry New York

Jack Sanford

San Francisco

1964 Jim Bouton

37

New York 1964

Don Drysdale

40

Los Angeles

1965 Jim Kaat

42

Minnesota 1965

Don Drysdale

42

Los Angeles

1966 Jim Kaat

41

Minnesota 1966

Jim Bunning

41

Philadelphia

Sandy Koufax

Los Angeles

1967 Dean Chance

39

Minnesota 1967

Jim Bunning

40

Philadelphia

Jim Lonborg Boston
1968 Denny McLain

41

Detroit 1968

Fergie Jenkins

40

Chicago

1969 Denny McLain

41

Detroit 1969

Fergie Jenkins

42

Chicago

1970 Mike Cuellar

40

Baltimore 1970

Gaylord Perry

41

San Francisco

Chuck Dobson Oakland
Catfish Hunter Oakland
Dave McNally Baltimore
Jim Perry Minnesota
1971 Mickey Lolich

45

Detroit 1971

Fergie Jenkins

39

Chicago

Bill Stoneman

Montreal

1972 Wilbur Wood

49

Chicago 1972

Steve Carlton

41

Philadelphia

1973 Wilbur Wood

48

Chicago 1973

Jack Billingham

40

Cincinnati

Steve Carlton

Philadelphia

Jerry Reuss

Houston

1974 Wilbur Wood

42

Chicago 1974

Don Sutton

40

Los Angeles

1975 Wilbur Wood

43

Chicago 1975

Andy Messersmith

40

Los Angeles

1976 Jim Palmer

40

Baltimore 1976

Randy Jones

40

San Diego

1977 Dave Goltz

39

Minnesota 1977

Phil Niekro

43

Atlanta

Jim Palmer Baltimore
1978 Mike Flanagan

40

Baltimore 1978

Phil Niekro

42

Atlanta

Dennis Leonard Kansas City
1979 Dennis Martinez

39

Baltimore 1979

Phil Niekro

44

Atlanta

1980 Dennis Leonard

38

Kansas City 1980

Steve Carlton

38

Philadelphia

Phil Niekro

Atlanta

Rick Reuschel

Chicago

1981 Dennis Leonard

26

Kansas City 1981

Mike Krukow

25

Chicago

Mario Soto

Cincinnati

Fernando Valenzuela

Los Angeles

1982 Jim Clancy

40

Toronto 1982

Steve Carlton

38

Philadelphia

1983 Dan Petry

38

Detroit 1983

Joe Niekro

38

Houston

1984 Jim Clancy

36

Toronto 1984

Joe Niekro

38

Houston

Charlie Hough Texas
Mike Smithson Minnesota
1985 Bert Blyleven

37

Cleveland 1985

Rick Mahler

39

Atlanta

Minnesota
Chris Codiroli Oakland
Mike Smithson Minnesota
1986 Mike Moore

37

Seattle 1986

Tom Browning

39

Cincinnati

Frank Viola Minnesota

Rick Mahler

Atlanta

1987 Charlie Hough

40

Texas 1987

Shane Rawley

36

Philadelphia

Mike Scott

Houston

Zane Smith

Atlanta

1988 Dave Stewart

37

Oakland 1988

Tom Browning

36

Cincinnati

Rick Reuschel

San Francisco

1989 Mark Gubicza

36

Kansas City 1989

Tom Browning

37

Cincinnati

Bob Milacki Baltimore
Dave Stewart Oakland
1990 Jack Morris

36

Detroit 1990

Tom Browning

35

Cincinnati

Dave Stewart Oakland

Greg Maddux

Chicago

Frank Viola

New York

1991 Roger Clemens

35

Boston 1991

Greg Maddux

37

Chicago

Bill Gullickson Detroit
Jack McDowell Chicago
Jack Morris Minnesota
Dave Stewart Oakland
Bob Welch Oakland
1992 Mike Moore

36

Oakland 1992

Steve Avery

35

Atlanta

Rick Sutcliffe Baltimore

Greg Maddux

Chicago

John Smoltz

Atlanta

1993 Cal Eldred

36

Milwaukee 1993

Tom Glavine

36

Atlanta

Mike Moore Detroit

Greg Maddux

Atlanta

Jose Rijo

Cincinnati

1994 Tim Belcher

25

Detroit 1994

Jose Rijo

26

Cincinnati

Kevin Brown Texas
Ron Darling Oakland
Jim Deshaies Minnesota
Cal Eldred Milwaukee
Chuck Finley California
Juan Guzman Toronto
Jimmy Key New York
Jack McDowell Chicago
Mike Moore Detroit
1995 Mark Gubicza

33

Kansas City 1995

Andy Ashby

31

San Diego

Doug Drabek

Houston

Esteban Loaiza

Pittsburgh

Denny Neagle

Pittsburgh

Mark Portugal

Cincinnati

San Francisco

1996 Mike Mussina

36

Baltimore 1996

Tom Glavine

36

Atlanta

1997 Jeff Fassero

35

Seattle 1997

Curt Schilling

35

Philadelphia

Pat Hentgen Toronto

John Smoltz

Atlanta

Andy Pettitte New York
Brad Radke Minnesota
1998 Scott Erickson

36

Baltimore 1998

Kevin Brown

35

San Diego

Darryl Kile

Colorado

Shane Reynolds

Houston

Curt Schilling

Philadelphia

1999 Rick Helling

35

Texas 1999

Kevin Brown

35

Los Angeles

Tom Glavine

Atlanta

Randy Johnson

Arizona

Jose Lima

Houston

Shane Reynolds

Houston

2000 Rick Helling

35

Texas 2000

Tom Glavine

35

Atlanta

David Wells Toronto

Randy Johnson

Arizona

Jon Lieber

Chicago

Greg Maddux

Atlanta

Kevin Millwood

Atlanta

2001 Tim Hudson

35

Oakland 2001

Tom Glavine

35

Atlanta

Barry Zito Oakland

Chan Ho Park

Los Angeles

Curt Schilling

Arizona

2002 Barry Zito

35

Oakland 2002

Tom Glavine

36

Atlanta

2003 Roy Halladay

36

Toronto 2003

Greg Maddux

36

Atlanta

2004 Mark Buehrle

35

Chicago 2004

Livan Hernandez

35

Montreal

Kenny Rogers Texas

Randy Johnson

Arizona

Roy Oswalt

Houston

Brandon Webb

Arizona

2005 Rodrigo Lopez

35

Baltimore 2005

Chris Capuano

35

Milwaukee

Barry Zito Oakland

Doug Davis

Milwaukee

Livan Hernandez

Washington

Jon Lieber

Philadelphia

Derek Lowe

Los Angeles

Greg Maddux

Chicago

Roy Oswalt

Houston

2006 Jeremy Bonderman

34

Detroit 2006

Bronson Arroyo

35

Cincinnati

Dan Haren Oakland

Aaron Harang

Cincinnati

Kevin Millwood Texas

Tim Hudson

Atlanta

Johan Santana Minnesota

Andy Pettitte

Houston

Barry Zito Oakland

John Smoltz

Atlanta

2007 Joe Blanton

34

Oakland 2007

Dontrelle Willis

35

Florida

Daniel Cabrera Baltimore
Chad Gaudin Oakland
Dan Haren Oakland
Scott Kazmir Tampa Bay
Gil Meche Kansas City
Andy Pettitte New York
CC Sabathia Cleveland
2008 Mark Buehrle

34

Chicago 2008

Bronson Arroyo

34

Cincinnati

A.J. Burnett Toronto

Matt Cain

San Francisco

Gil Meche Kansas City

Ubaldo Jimenez

Colorado

Mike Mussina New York

Ted Lilly

Chicago

Derek Lowe

Los Angeles

Oliver Perez

New York

Johan Santana

New York

Brandon Webb

Arizona

2009 Justin Verlander

35

Detroit 2009

Doug Davis

34

Arizona

Jair Jurrjens

Atlanta

Braden Looper

Milwaukee

Derek Lowe

Atlanta

Adam Wainwright

St. Louis

Randy Wolf

Los Angeles

2010 Felix Hernandez

34

Seattle 2010

Chris Carpenter

35

St. Louis

CC Sabathia New York
Jered Weaver Los Angeles
2011 Trevor Cahill

34

Oakland 2011

Chris Carpenter

34

St. Louis

Dan Haren Los Angeles

Ryan Dempster

Chicago

David Price Tampa Bay

Derek Lowe

Atlanta

Justin Verlander Detroit
C.J. Wilson Texas
2012 Bruce Chen

34

Kansas City 2012

Tim Lincecum

34

San Francisco

Justin Masterson Cleveland
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles
2013 R.A. Dickey

34

Toronto 2013

Adam Wainwright

34

St. Louis

James Shields Kansas City
Justin Verlander Detroit
2014 R.A. Dickey

34

Toronto 2014

A.J. Burnett

34

Philadelphia

Felix Hernandez Seattle

Johnny Cueto

Cincinnati

Corey Kluber Cleveland

Stephen Strasburg

Washington

David Price Detroit
Tampa Bay
James Shields Kansas City
Chris Tillman Baltimore
Jered Weaver Los Angeles
2015 Chris Archer

34

Tampa Bay 2015

Jake Arrieta

33

Chicago

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles

John Lackey

St. Louis

Shelby Miller

Atlanta

Tyson Ross

San Diego

Max Scherzer

Washington

James Shields

San Diego

Julio Teheran

Atlanta

Jordan Zimmermann

Washington

2016 David Price

35

Boston 2016

Madison Bumgarner

34

San Francisco

Max Scherzer

Washington

2017 Chris Archer

34

Tampa Bay 2017

Gerrit Cole

33

Pittsburgh

Kevin Gausman Baltimore

Zach Davies

Milwaukee

Lance Lynn

St. Louis

Dan Straily

Miami

2018 Dallas Keuchel

34

Houston 2018

Jhoulys Chacin

35

Milwaukee

Justin Verlander Houston
2019 Marco Gonzales

34

Seattle 2019

Madison Bumgarner

34

San Francisco

Ivan Nova Chicago

Aaron Nola

Philadelphia

Eduardo Rodriguez Boston
Justin Verlander Houston
2020 Lance Lynn

13

Texas 2020

Kyle Freeland

13

Colorado

German Marquez

Colorado

Brandon Woodruff

Milwaukee

Current Through 2020 Season
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baseball almanac fast facts

Did you know that hall of famer Cy Young holds the Major League record for career games started with eight-hundred fifteen?

The single season record for games started (click the link if you want to see the top one-hundred) does not appear on this page as it occurred during the 1879 season.

Robin Roberts holds the record for consecutive seasons leading the league in games started with six — from 1950 through 1955.

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