Year by Year Leaders for Games Lost

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

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Jim Devlin

35

Louisville

1877 - - - 1877

Jim Devlin

25

Louisville

Terry Larkin

Hartford

1878 - - - 1878

Sam Weaver

31

Milwaukee

1879 - - - 1879

George Bradley

40

Troy

Jim McCormick

Cleveland

1880 - - - 1880

Will White

42

Cincinnati

1881 - - - 1881

Jim Whitney

33

Boston

1882 - - - 1882

Lee Richmond

33

Worcester

1883 - - - 1883

John Coleman

48

Philadelphia

1884 - - - 1884

John Harkins

32

Cleveland

1885 - - - 1885

Jim Whitney

32

Boston

1886 - - - 1886

Stump Wiedman

36

Kansas City

1887 - - - 1887

John Healy

29

Indianapolis

1888 - - - 1888

Hank O'Day

29

Washington

1889 - - - 1889

Harry Staley

26

Pittsburgh

1890 - - - 1890

Amos Rusie

34

New York

1891 - - - 1891

Silver King

29

Pittsburgh

1892 - - - 1892

George Cobb

37

Baltimore

1893 - - - 1893

Duke Esper

28

Washington

1894 - - - 1894

Pink Hawley

27

St. Louis

1895 - - - 1895

Theodore Breitenstein

30

St. Louis

1896 - - - 1896

Bill Hart

29

St. Louis

1897 - - - 1897

Red Donahue

35

St. Louis

1898 - - - 1898

Jack Taylor

29

St. Louis

1899 - - - 1899

Jim Hughey

30

Cleveland

1900 - - - 1900

Bill Carrick

22

New York

1901 Pete Dowling

26

Cleveland 1901

Dummy Taylor

27

New York

Milwaukee
1902 Bill Dinneen

21

Boston 1902

Stan Yerkes

21

St. Louis

1903 Patsy Flaherty

25

Chicago 1903

Togie Pittinger

22

Boston

1904 Happy Townsend

26

Washington 1904

Oscar Jones

25

Brooklyn

Vic Willis

Boston

1905 Fred Glade

25

St. Louis 1905

Vic Willis

29

Boston

1906 Joe Harris

21

Boston 1906

Gus Dorner

26

Boston

Cy Young Boston

Cincinnati

1907 Al Orth

21

New York 1907

Stoney McGlynn

25

St. Louis

Barney Pelty St. Louis
1908 Joe Lake

22

New York 1908

Bugs Raymond

25

St. Louis

1909 Bob Groom

26

Washington 1909

Cecil Ferguson

23

Boston

1910 Ed Walsh

20

Chicago 1910

George Bell

27

Brooklyn

1911 Jack Powell

19

St. Louis 1911

Earl Moore

19

Philadelphia

Bill Steele

St. Louis

1912 Russ Ford

21

New York 1912

Lefty Tyler

22

Boston

1913 Jim Scott

20

Chicago 1913

Dan Griner

22

St. Louis

Carl Weilman St. Louis
1914 Joe Benz

19

Chicago 1914

Red Ames

23

Cincinnati

1915 Weldon Wyckoff

22

Philadelphia 1915

Dick Rudolph

19

Boston

Pete Schneider

Cincinnati

1916 Bullet Joe Bush

24

Philadelphia 1916

Lee Meadows

23

St. Louis

1917 Bob Groom

19

St. Louis 1917

Jesse Barnes

21

Boston

Allen Sothoron St. Louis

Eppa Rixey

Philadelphia

1918 Eddie Cicotte

19

Chicago 1918

Rube Marquard

18

Brooklyn

Scott Perry Philadelphia

Joe Oeschger

Philadelphia

1919 Harry Harper

21

Washington 1919

Lee Meadows

20

Philadelphia

St. Louis

1920 Scott Perry

25

Philadelphia 1920

Eppa Rixey

22

Philadelphia

1921 Eddie Rommel

23

Philadelphia 1921

George Smith

20

Philadelphia

1922 Slim Harriss

20

Philadelphia 1922

Dolf Luque

23

Cincinnati

1923 Herman Pillette

19

Detroit 1923

Wilbur Cooper

19

Pittsburgh

Eddie Rommel Philadelphia
1924 Howard Ehmke

17

Boston 1924

Jesse Barnes

20

Boston

Alex Ferguson Boston
Joe Shaute Cleveland
1925 Sam Jones

21

New York 1925

Burleigh Grimes

19

Brooklyn

1926 Milt Gaston

18

St. Louis 1926

Jesse Petty

17

Brooklyn

Paul Zahniser Boston

Charlie Root

Chicago

1927 Slim Harriss

21

Boston 1927

Jack Scott

21

Philadelphia

1928 Red Ruffing

25

Boston 1928

Ed Brandt

21

Boston

1929 Red Ruffing

22

Boston 1929

Watty Clark

19

Brooklyn

1930 Milt Gaston

20

Boston 1930

Larry French

18

Pittsburgh

Jack Russell Boston

Benny Frey

Cincinnati

1931 Pat Caraway

24

Chicago 1931

Si Johnson

19

Cincinnati

Sam Gray St. Louis
1932 Bump Hadley

21

Chicago 1932

Ownie Carroll

19

Cincinnati

St. Louis
1933 Ted Lyons

21

Chicago 1933

Paul Derringer

27

Cincinnati

St. Louis

1934 Bobo Newsom

20

St. Louis 1934

Si Johnson

22

Cincinnati

1935 Bobo Newsom

18

St. Louis 1935

Ben Cantwell

25

Boston

Washington
1936 Gordon Rhodes

20

Philadelphia 1936

Bucky Walters

21

Philadelphia

1937 Harry Kelley

21

Philadelphia 1937

Wayne LaMaster

19

Philadelphia

1938 George Caster

20

Philadelphia 1938

Hugh Mulcahy

20

Philadelphia

1939 Vern Kennedy

20

Detroit 1939

Max Butcher

17

Philadelphia

St. Louis

Pittsburgh

Bob Klinger

Pittsburgh

1940 George Caster

19

Philadelphia 1940

Hugh Mulcahy

22

Philadelphia

Dutch Leonard Washington
1941 Bobo Newsom

20

Detroit 1941

Rip Sewell

17

Pittsburgh

1942 Eddie Smith

20

Chicago 1942

Jim Tobin

21

Boston

1943 Lum Harris

21

Philadelphia 1943

Nate Andrews

20

Boston

1944 Bill Dietrich

17

Chicago 1944

Ken Raffensberger

20

Philadelphia

Early Wynn Washington
1945 Bobo Newsom

20

Philadelphia 1945

Dick Barrett

20

Philadelphia

1946 Dick Fowler

16

Philadelphia 1946

Dave Koslo

19

New York

Lou Knerr Philadelphia
Phil Marchildon Philadelphia
1947 Hal Newhouser

17

Detroit 1947

Johnny Schmitz

18

Chicago

1948 Fred Sanford

21

St. Louis 1948

Dutch Leonard

17

Philadelphia

1949 Paul Calvert

17

Washington 1949

Howie Fox

19

Cincinnati

Ned Garver St. Louis
Sid Hudson Washington
1950 Alex Kellner

20

Philadelphia 1950

Bob Rush

20

Chicago

1951 Ted Gray

14

Detroit 1951

Paul Minner

17

Chicago

Alex Kellner Philadelphia

Ken Raffensberger

Cincinnati

Bob Lemon Cleveland

Willie Ramsdell

Cincinnati

Billy Pierce Chicago
Duane Pillette St. Louis
Dizzy Trout Detroit
1952 Art Houtteman

20

Detroit 1952

Murry Dickson

21

Pittsburgh

1953 Harry Byrd

20

Philadelphia 1953

Murry Dickson

19

Pittsburgh

Warren Hacker

Chicago

1954 Don Larsen

21

Baltimore 1954

Murry Dickson

20

Philadelphia

1955 Jim Wilson

18

Baltimore 1955

Sam Jones

20

Chicago

1956 Art Ditmar

22

Kansas City 1956

Ron Kline

18

Pittsburgh

Robin Roberts

Philadelphia

1957 Chuck Stobbs

20

Washington 1957

Robin Roberts

22

Philadelphia

1958 Pedro Ramos

18

Washington 1958

Ron Kline

16

Pittsburgh

1959 Pedro Ramos

19

Washington 1959

Bob Friend

19

Pittsburgh

1960 Pedro Ramos

18

Washington 1960

Glen Hobbie

20

Chicago

1961 Pedro Ramos

20

Minnesota 1961

Bob Friend

19

Pittsburgh

Art Mahaffey

Philadelphia

1962 Chuck Estrada

17

Baltimore 1962

Roger Craig

24

New York

Ed Rakow Kansas City
1963 Orlando Pena

20

Kansas City 1963

Roger Craig

22

New York

1964 Diego Segui

17

Kansas City 1964

Tracy Stallard

20

New York

1965 Bill Monbouquette

18

Boston 1965

Jack Fisher

24

New York

Dave Morehead Boston
John O'Donoghue Kansas City
1966 Mel Stottlemyre

20

New York 1966

Dick Ellsworth

22

Chicago

1967 George Brunet

19

California 1967

Jack Fisher

18

New York

1968 George Brunet

17

California 1968

Claude Osteen

18

Los Angeles

Ray Sadecki

San Francisco

1969 Luis Tiant

20

Cleveland 1969

Clay Kirby

20

San Diego

1970 Mickey Lolich

19

Detroit 1970

Steve Carlton

19

St. Louis

1971 Denny McLain

22

Washington 1971

Steve Arlin

19

San Diego

1972 Pat Dobson

18

Baltimore 1972

Steve Arlin

21

San Diego

Mel Stottlemyre New York
1973 Stan Bahnsen

21

Chicago 1973

Steve Carlton

20

Philadelphia

1974 Mickey Lolich

21

Detroit 1974

Bill Bonham

22

Chicago

Randy Jones

San Diego

Steve Rogers

Montreal

1975 Wilbur Wood

20

Chicago 1975

Rick Reuschel

17

Chicago

1976 Nolan Ryan

18

California 1976

Steve Rogers

17

Montreal

Dick Ruthven

Atlanta

1977 Vida Blue

19

Oakland 1977

Jerry Koosman

20

New York

Wayne Garland Cleveland

Phil Niekro

Atlanta

Rick Langford Oakland
1978 Rick Wise

19

Cleveland 1978

Phil Niekro

18

Atlanta

1979 Phil Huffman

18

Toronto 1979

Phil Niekro

20

Atlanta

1980 Brian Kingman

20

Oakland 1980

Phil Niekro

18

Atlanta

1981 Juan Berenguer

13

Kansas City 1981

Steve Mura

14

San Diego

Toronto

Pat Zachry

New York

Jerry Koosman Chicago
Minnesota
Luis Leal Toronto
1982 Matt Keough

18

Oakland 1982

Bruce Berenyi

18

Cincinnati

Frank Tanana Texas
1983 Larry Gura

18

Kansas City 1983

Mike Torrez

17

New York

1984 La Marr Hoyt

18

Chicago 1984

Jeff Russell

18

Cincinnati

1985 Matt Young

19

Seattle 1985

Jose DeLeon

19

Pittsburgh

1986 Richard Dotson

17

Chicago 1986

Rick Mahler

18

Atlanta

Mike Morgan Seattle
1987 Mike Moore

19

Seattle 1987

Bob Knepper

17

Houston

1988 Bert Blyleven

17

Minnesota 1988

Tom Glavine

17

Atlanta

1989 Doyle Alexander

18

Detroit 1989

Don Carman

15

Philadelphia

Orel Hershiser

Los Angeles

Ken Hill

St. Louis

1990 Tim Leary

19

New York 1990

Jose DeLeon

19

St. Louis

1991 Kirk McCaskill

19

California 1991

Bud Black

16

San Francisco

1992 Erik Hanson

17

Seattle 1992

Tom Candiotti

15

Los Angeles

Orel Hershiser

Los Angeles

1993 Scott Erickson

19

Minnesota 1993

Doug Drabek

18

Houston

1994 Tim Belcher

15

Detroit 1994

Andy Benes

14

San Diego

1995 Jason Bere

15

Chicago 1995

Paul Wagner

16

Pittsburgh

Kevin Gross Texas
Mike Moore Detroit
1996 Jim Abbott

18

California 1996

Frank Castillo

16

Chicago

Pat Rapp

Florida

1997 James Baldwin

15

Chicago 1997

Mark Leiter

17

Philadelphia

Cal Eldred Milwaukee
Tim Wakefield Boston
1998 Tom Candiotti

16

Oakland 1998

Darryl Kile

17

Colorado

Juan Guzman Baltimore
Toronto
Jaime Navarro Chicago
1999 Brian Moehler

16

Detroit 1999

Steve Trachsel

18

Chicago

2000 Brad Radke

16

Minnesota 2000

Omar Daal

19

Arizona

Philadelphia

2001 Jose Mercedes

17

Baltimore 2001

Bobby Jones

19

San Diego

2002 Tanyon Sturtze

18

Tampa Bay 2002

Livan Hernandez

16

San Francisco

Glendon Rusch

Milwaukee

Ben Sheets

Milwaukee

2003 Mike Maroth

21

Detroit 2003

Jeff D'Amico

16

Pittsburgh

2004 Darrell May

19

Kansas City 2004

Brandon Webb

16

Arizona

2005 Zack Greinke

17

Kansas City 2005

Kip Wells

18

Pittsburgh

2006 Rodrigo Lopez

18

Baltimore 2006

Jason Marquis

16

St. Louis

Ramon Ortiz

Washington

2007 Daniel Cabrera

18

Baltimore 2007

Kip Wells

17

St. Louis

2008 Justin Verlander

17

Detroit 2008

Aaron Harang

17

Cincinnati

Barry Zito

San Francisco

2009 Jeremy Guthrie

17

Baltimore 2009

Zach Duke

16

Pittsburgh

2010 Kevin Millwood

16

Baltimore 2010

Rodrigo Lopez

16

Arizona

2011 Jeremy Guthrie

17

Baltimore 2011

Derek Lowe

17

Atlanta

2012 Ubaldo Jimenez

17

Cleveland 2012

Tim Lincecum

15

San Francisco

2013 Lucas Harrell

17

Houston 2013

Edwin Jackson

18

Chicago

2014 Colby Lewis

14

Texas 2014

A.J. Burnett

18

Philadelphia

2015 Corey Kluber

16

Cleveland 2015

Shelby Miller

17

Atlanta

2016 Chris Archer

19

Tampa Bay 2016

Jimmy Nelson

16

Milwaukee

2017 Rick Porcello

17

Boston 2017

Tyler Chatwood

15

Colorado

Matt Moore

San Francisco

Clayton Richard

San Diego

Jeff Samardzija

San Francisco

2018 Dylan Bundy

16

Baltimore 2018

Tanner Roark

15

Washington

James Shields Chicago
2019 Spencer Turnbull

17

Detroit 2019

Sandy Alcantara

14

Miami

Merrill Kelly

Arizona

Miles Mikolas

St. Louis

2020 Matthew Boyd

7

Detroit 2020

Luke Weaver

9

Arizona

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