Year by Year Leaders for Saves

Ever wonder who had the most saves the year you were born? How about pitchers from you favorite team — have they ever led the league in saves? Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League saves 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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"I want them to think I'm crazy." - Saves Leader (1975) Al 'The Mud Hungarian' Hrabosky

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Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Jack Manning

5

Boston

1877 - - - 1877

Cal McVey

2

Chicago

1878 - - - 1878

Tom Healey

1

Indianapolis

Providence

1879 - - - 1879

Bobby Mathews

1

Providence

John Ward

Providence

1880 - - - 1880

Lee Richmond

3

Worcester

1881 - - - 1881

Bobby Mathews

2

Boston

Providence

1882 - - - 1882

John Ward

1

Providence

1883 - - - 1883

Jim Whitney

2

Boston

Stump Wiedman

Detroit

1884 - - - 1884

John Morrill

2

Boston

1885 - - - 1885

Fred Pfeffer

2

Chicago

Ned Williamson

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Charlie Ferguson

2

Philadelphia

1887 - - - 1887

Mark Baldwin

1

Chicago

Fred Fass

Indianapolis

Charlie Ferguson

Philadelphia

Bob Pettit

Chicago

Bill Stemmyer

Boston

Mike Tiernan

New York

Larry Twitchell

Detroit

George Van Haltren

Chicago

1888 - - - 1888

George Wood

2

Philadelphia

1889 - - - 1889

Bill Bishop

2

Chicago

Bill Sowders

Boston

Pittsburgh

Mickey Welch

New York

1890 - - - 1890

Dave Foutz

2

Brooklyn

Kid Gleason

Philadelphia

Bill Hutchison

Chicago

1891 - - - 1891

John Clarkson

3

Boston

Kid Nichols

Boston

1892 - - - 1892

Gus Weyhing

3

Philadelphia

1893 - - - 1893

Mark Baldwin

2

New York

Pittsburgh

Tom Colcolough

Pittsburgh

Frank Donnelly

Chicago

Frank Dwyer

Cincinnati

Tony Mullane

Baltimore

Cincinnati

1894 - - - 1894

Tony Mullane

4

Baltimore

Cleveland

1895 - - - 1895

Ernie Beam

3

Philadelphia

Kid Nichols

Boston

Tom Parrott

Cincinnati

1896 - - - 1896

Cy Young

3

Cleveland

1897 - - - 1897

Win Mercer

3

Washington

Kid Nichols

Boston

1898 - - - 1898

Kid Nichols

4

Boston

1899 - - - 1899

Sam Leever

3

Pittsburgh

1900 - - - 1900

Frank Kitson

4

Brooklyn

1901 Bill Hoffer

3

Cleveland 1901

Bill Donovan

3

Brooklyn

Jack Powell

St. Louis

1902 Jack Powell

2

St. Louis 1902

Vic Willis

3

Boston

1903 Bill Dinneen

2

Boston 1903

Carl Lundgren

3

Chicago

George Mullin Detroit

Roscoe Miller

New York

Al Orth Washington
Jack Powell St. Louis
Cy Young Boston
1904 Case Patten

3

Washington 1904

Joe McGinnity

5

New York

1905 Jim Buchanan

2

St. Louis 1905

Claude Elliott

6

New York

1906 Chief Bender

3

Philadelphia 1906

Cecil Ferguson

7

New York

Otto Hess Cleveland
1907 Bill Dinneen

4

Boston 1907

Joe McGinnity

4

New York

St. Louis
Tom Hughes Washington
Ed Walsh Chicago
1908 Ed Walsh

6

Chicago 1908

Mordecai Brown

5

Chicago

Christy Mathewson

New York

Joe McGinnity

New York

1909 Frank Arellanes

8

Boston 1909

Mordecai Brown

7

Chicago

1910 Ed Walsh

5

Chicago 1910

Mordecai Brown

7

Chicago

Harry Gaspar

Cincinnati

1911 Charley Hall

4

Boston 1911

Mordecai Brown

13

Chicago

Eddie Plank Philadelphia
Ed Walsh Chicago
1912 Ed Walsh

10

Chicago 1912

Slim Sallee

6

St. Louis

1913 Chief Bender

13

Philadelphia 1913

Larry Cheney

11

Chicago

1914 Jack Bentley

4

Washington 1914

Red Ames

6

Cincinnati

Hooks Dauss Detroit

Slim Sallee

St. Louis

Red Faber Chicago
Roy Mitchell St. Louis
Jim Shaw Washington
1915 Carl Mays

7

Boston 1915

Tom Hughes

9

Boston

1916 Bob Shawkey

8

New York 1916

Red Ames

8

St. Louis

1917 Dave Danforth

9

Chicago 1917

Slim Sallee

4

New York

1918 George Mogridge

7

New York 1918

Fred Anderson

3

New York

Wilbur Cooper

Pittsburgh

Joe Oeschger

Philadelphia

Fred Toney

Cincinnati

New York

1919 Allen Russell

5

Boston 1919

Oscar Tuero

4

St. Louis

New York
Jim Shaw Washington
Bob Shawkey New York
1920 Dickie Kerr

5

Chicago 1920

Bill Sherdel

6

St. Louis

Urban Shocker St. Louis
1921 Carl Mays

7

New York 1921

Lou North

7

St. Louis

Jim Middleton Detroit
1922 Sam Jones

8

New York 1922

Claude Jonnard

5

New York

1923 Allen Russell

9

Washington 1923

Claude Jonnard

5

New York

1924 Firpo Marberry

15

Washington 1924

Jakie May

6

Cincinnati

1925 Firpo Marberry

15

Washington 1925

Guy Bush

4

Chicago

Johnny Morrison

Pittsburgh

1926 Firpo Marberry

22

Washington 1926

Chick Davies

6

New York

1927 Garland Braxton

13

Washington 1927

Bill Sherdel

6

St. Louis

Wilcy Moore New York
1928 Waite Hoyt

8

New York 1928

Hal Haid

5

St. Louis

Bill Sherdel

St. Louis

1929 Firpo Marberry

11

Washington 1929

Guy Bush

8

Chicago

Johnny Morrison

Brooklyn

1930 Lefty Grove

9

Philadelphia 1930

Hi Bell

8

St. Louis

1931 Wilcy Moore

10

Boston 1931

Jack Quinn

15

Brooklyn

1932 Firpo Marberry

13

Washington 1932

Jack Quinn

8

Brooklyn

1933 Jack Russell

13

Washington 1933

Phil Collins

6

Philadelphia

1934 Jack Russell

7

Washington 1934

Carl Hubbell

8

New York

1935 Jack Knott

7

St. Louis 1935

Dutch Leonard

8

Brooklyn

1936 Pat Malone

9

New York 1936

Dizzy Dean

11

St. Louis

1937 Clint Brown

18

Chicago 1937

Mace Brown

7

Pittsburgh

Cliff Melton

New York

1938 Johnny Murphy

11

New York 1938

Dick Coffman

12

New York

1939 Johnny Murphy

19

New York 1939

Bob Bowman

9

St. Louis

Clyde Shoun

St. Louis

1940 Al Benton

17

Detroit 1940

Joe Beggs

7

Cincinnati

Jumbo Brown

New York

Mace Brown

Pittsburgh

1941 Johnny Murphy

15

New York 1941

Jumbo Brown

8

New York

1942 Johnny Murphy

11

New York 1942

Hugh Casey

13

Brooklyn

1943 Gordon Maltzberger

14

Chicago 1943

Les Webber

10

Brooklyn

1944 Joe Berry

12

Philadelphia 1944

Ace Adams

13

New York

George Caster St. Louis
Gordon Maltzberger Chicago
1945 Jim Turner

10

New York 1945

Ace Adams

15

New York

Andy Karl

Philadelphia

1946 Bob Klinger

9

Boston 1946

Ken Raffensberger

6

Philadelphia

1947 Ed Klieman

17

Cleveland 1947

Hugh Casey

18

Brooklyn

Joe Page New York
1948 Russ Christopher

17

Cleveland 1948

Harry Gumbert

17

Cincinnati

1949 Joe Page

27

New York 1949

Ted Wilks

9

St. Louis

1950 Mickey Harris

15

Washington 1950

Jim Konstanty

22

Philadelphia

1951 Ellis Kinder

14

Boston 1951

Ted Wilks

13

Pittsburgh

St. Louis

1952 Harry Dorish

11

Chicago 1952

Al Brazle

16

St. Louis

1953 Ellis Kinder

27

Boston 1953

Al Brazle

18

St. Louis

1954 Johnny Sain

22

New York 1954

Jim Hughes

24

Brooklyn

1955 Ray Narleski

19

Cleveland 1955

Jack Meyer

16

Philadelphia

1956 George Zuverink

16

Baltimore 1956

Clem Labine

19

Brooklyn

1957 Bob Grim

19

New York 1957

Clem Labine

17

Brooklyn

1958 Ryne Duren

20

New York 1958

Roy Face

20

Pittsburgh

1959 Turk Lown

15

Chicago 1959

Lindy McDaniel

15

St. Louis

Don McMahon

Milwaukee

1960 Mike Fornieles

14

Boston 1960

Lindy McDaniel

26

St. Louis

Johnny Klippstein Cleveland
1961 Luis Arroyo

29

New York 1961

Roy Face

17

Pittsburgh

Stu Miller

San Francisco

1962 Dick Radatz

24

Boston 1962

Roy Face

28

Pittsburgh

1963 Stu Miller

27

Baltimore 1963

Lindy McDaniel

22

Chicago

1964 Dick Radatz

29

Boston 1964

Hal Woodeshick

23

Houston

1965 Ron Kline

29

Washington 1965

Ted Abernathy

31

Chicago

1966 Jack Aker

32

Kansas City 1966

Phil Regan

21

Los Angeles

1967 Minnie Rojas

27

California 1967

Ted Abernathy

28

Cincinnati

1968 Al Worthington

18

Minnesota 1968

Phil Regan

25

Chicago

Los Angeles

1969 Ron Perranoski

31

Minnesota 1969

Fred Gladding

29

Houston

1970 Ron Perranoski

34

Minnesota 1970

Wayne Granger

35

Cincinnati

1971 Ken Sanders

31

Milwaukee 1971

Dave Giusti

30

Pittsburgh

1972 Sparky Lyle

35

New York 1972

Clay Carroll

37

Cincinnati

1973 John Hiller

38

Detroit 1973

Mike Marshall

31

Montreal

1974 Terry Forster

24

Chicago 1974

Mike Marshall

21

Los Angeles

1975 Goose Gossage

26

Chicago 1975

Rawly Eastwick

22

Cincinnati

Al Hrabosky

St. Louis

1976 Sparky Lyle

23

New York 1976

Rawly Eastwick

26

Cincinnati

1977 Bill Campbell

31

Boston 1977

Rollie Fingers

35

San Diego

1978 Goose Gossage

27

New York 1978

Rollie Fingers

37

San Diego

1979 Mike Marshall

32

Minnesota 1979

Bruce Sutter

37

Chicago

1980 Goose Gossage

33

New York 1980

Bruce Sutter

28

Chicago

Dan Quisenberry Kansas City
1981 Rollie Fingers

28

Milwaukee 1981

Bruce Sutter

25

St. Louis

1982 Dan Quisenberry

35

Kansas City 1982

Bruce Sutter

36

St. Louis

1983 Dan Quisenberry

45

Kansas City 1983

Lee Smith

29

Chicago

1984 Dan Quisenberry

44

Kansas City 1984

Bruce Sutter

45

St. Louis

1985 Dan Quisenberry

37

Kansas City 1985

Jeff Reardon

41

Montreal

1986 Dave Righetti

46

New York 1986

Todd Worrell

36

St. Louis

1987 Tom Henke

34

Toronto 1987

Steve Bedrosian

40

Philadelphia

1988 Dennis Eckersley

45

Oakland 1988

John Franco

39

Cincinnati

1989 Jeff Russell

38

Texas 1989

Mark Davis

44

San Diego

1990 Bobby Thigpen

57

Chicago 1990

John Franco

33

New York

1991 Bryan Harvey

46

California 1991

Lee Smith

47

St. Louis

1992 Dennis Eckersley

51

Oakland 1992

Lee Smith

43

St. Louis

1993 Jeff Montgomery

45

Kansas City 1993

Randy Myers

53

Chicago

Duane Ward Toronto
1994 Lee Smith

33

Baltimore 1994

John Franco

30

New York

1995 Jose Mesa

46

Cleveland 1995

Randy Myers

38

Chicago

1996 John Wetteland

43

New York 1996

Jeff Brantley

44

Cincinnati

Todd Worrell

Los Angeles

1997 Randy Myers

45

Baltimore 1997

Jeff Shaw

42

Cincinnati

1998 Tom Gordon

46

Boston 1998

Trevor Hoffman

53

San Diego

1999 Mariano Rivera

45

New York 1999

Ugueth Urbina

41

Montreal

2000 Todd Jones

42

Detroit 2000

Antonio Alfonseca

45

Florida

Derek Lowe Boston
2001 Mariano Rivera

50

New York 2001

Robb Nen

45

San Francisco

2002 Eddie Guardado

45

Minnesota 2002

John Smoltz

55

Atlanta

2003 Keith Foulke

43

Oakland 2003

Eric Gagne

55

Los Angeles

2004 Mariano Rivera

53

New York 2004

Armando Benitez

47

Florida

Jason Isringhausen

St. Louis

2005 Francisco Rodriguez

45

Los Angeles 2005

Chad Cordero

47

Washington

Bob Wickman Cleveland
2006 Francisco Rodriguez

47

Los Angeles 2006

Trevor Hoffman

46

San Diego

2007 Joe Borowski

45

Cleveland 2007

Jose Valverde

47

Arizona

2008 Francisco Rodriguez

62

Los Angeles 2008

Jose Valverde

44

Houston

2009 Brian Fuentes

48

Los Angeles 2009

Heath Bell

42

San Diego

2010 Rafael Soriano

45

Tampa Bay 2010

Brian Wilson

48

San Francisco

2011 Jose Valverde

49

Detroit 2011

John Axford

46

Milwaukee

Craig Kimbrel

Atlanta

2012 Jim Johnson

51

Baltimore 2012

Craig Kimbrel

42

Atlanta

Jason Motte

St. Louis

2013 Jim Johnson

50

Baltimore 2013

Craig Kimbrel

50

Atlanta

2014 Fernando Rodney

48

Seattle 2014

Craig Kimbrel

47

Atlanta

2015 Brad Boxberger

41

Tampa Bay 2015

Mark Melancon

51

Pittsburgh

2016 Zach Britton

47

Baltimore 2016

Jeurys Familia

51

New York

2017 Alex Colome

47

Tampa Bay 2017

Greg Holland

41

Colorado

Kenley Jansen

Los Angeles

2018 Edwin Diaz

57

Seattle 2018

Wade Davis

43

Colorado

2019 Roberto Osuna

38

Houston 2019

Kirby Yates

41

San Diego

2020 Brad Hand

16

Cleveland 2020

Josh Hader

13

Milwaukee

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