Year by Year Leaders for Shutouts

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

"What, and give him (the batter) a chance to think on my time." - Shutouts Leader (1911, 1913, 1915-1917, 1919, 1921) / Hall of Famer Grover Alexander

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Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

George Bradley

16

St. Louis

1877 - - - 1877

Tommy Bond

6

Boston

1878 - - - 1878

Tommy Bond

9

Boston

1879 - - - 1879

Tommy Bond

11

Boston

1880 - - - 1880

John Ward

8

Providence

1881 - - - 1881

George Derby

9

Detroit

1882 - - - 1882

Old Hoss Radbourn

6

Providence

1883 - - - 1883

Pud Galvin

5

Buffalo

1884 - - - 1884

Pud Galvin

12

Buffalo

1885 - - - 1885

John Clarkson

10

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Lady Baldwin

7

Detroit

1887 - - - 1887

Dan Casey

4

Philadelphia

1888 - - - 1888

Tim Keefe

8

New York

Ben Sanders

Philadelphia

1889 - - - 1889

John Clarkson

8

Boston

1890 - - - 1890

Kid Nichols

7

Boston

1891 - - - 1891

Amos Rusie

6

New York

1892 - - - 1892

Cy Young

9

Cleveland

1893 - - - 1893

Red Ehret

4

Pittsburgh

Amos Rusie

New York

1894 - - - 1894

Nig Cuppy

3

Cleveland

Kid Nichols

Boston

Amos Rusie

New York

1895 - - - 1895

Pink Hawley

4

Pittsburgh

Bill Hoffer

Baltimore

Sadie McMahon

Baltimore

Amos Rusie

New York

Cy Young

Cleveland

1896 - - - 1896

Frank Killen

5

Pittsburgh

Cy Young

Cleveland

1897 - - - 1897

Doc McJames

3

Washington

Win Mercer

Washington

1898 - - - 1898

Wiley Piatt

6

Philadelphia

Jack Powell

Cleveland

1899 - - - 1899

Vic Willis

5

Boston

1900 - - - 1900

Clark Griffith

4

Chicago

Noodles Hahn

Cincinnati

Kid Nichols

Boston

Cy Young

St. Louis

1901 Clark Griffith

5

Chicago 1901

Jack Chesbro

6

Pittsburgh

Cy Young Boston

Al Orth

Philadelphia

Vic Willis

Boston

1902 Addie Joss

5

Cleveland 1902

Jack Chesbro

8

Pittsburgh

Christy Mathewson

New York

1903 Cy Young

7

Boston 1903

Sam Leever

7

Pittsburgh

1904 Cy Young

10

Boston 1904

Joe McGinnity

9

New York

1905 Ed Killian

8

Detroit 1905

Christy Mathewson

8

New York

1906 Ed Walsh

10

Chicago 1906

Mordecai Brown

9

Chicago

1907 Eddie Plank

8

Philadelphia 1907

Christy Mathewson

8

New York

Orval Overall

Chicago

1908 Ed Walsh

11

Chicago 1908

Christy Mathewson

11

New York

1909 Ed Walsh

8

Chicago 1909

Orval Overall

9

Chicago

1910 Jack Coombs

13

Philadelphia 1910

Mordecai Brown

6

Chicago

Al Mattern

Boston

Earl Moore

Philadelphia

Nap Rucker

Brooklyn

1911 Walter Johnson

6

Washington 1911

Grover Alexander

7

Philadelphia

Eddie Plank Philadelphia
1912 Joe Wood

10

Boston 1912

Nap Rucker

6

Brooklyn

1913 Walter Johnson

11

Washington 1913

Grover Alexander

9

Philadelphia

1914 Walter Johnson

9

Washington 1914

Jeff Tesreau

8

New York

1915 Walter Johnson

7

Washington 1915

Grover Alexander

12

Philadelphia

Jim Scott Chicago
1916 Babe Ruth

9

Boston 1916

Grover Alexander

16

Philadelphia

1917 Stan Coveleski

9

Cleveland 1917

Grover Alexander

8

Philadelphia

1918 Walter Johnson

8

Washington 1918

Hippo Vaughn

8

Chicago

Carl Mays Boston
1919 Walter Johnson

7

Washington 1919

Grover Alexander

9

Chicago

1920 Carl Mays

6

New York 1920

Babe Adams

8

Pittsburgh

1921 Sam Jones

5

Boston 1921

Grover Alexander

3

Chicago

Phil Douglas

New York

Dana Fillingim

Boston

Jesse Haines

St. Louis

Dolf Luque

Cincinnati

Clarence Mitchell

Brooklyn

Johnny Morrison

Pittsburgh

Joe Oeschger

Boston

1922 George Uhle

5

Cleveland 1922

Johnny Morrison

5

Pittsburgh

Dazzy Vance

Brooklyn

1923 Stan Coveleski

5

Cleveland 1923

Dolf Luque

6

Cincinnati

1924 Walter Johnson

6

Washington 1924

Jesse Barnes

4

Boston

Wilbur Cooper

Pittsburgh

Ray Kremer

Pittsburgh

Eppa Rixey

Cincinnati

Allen Sothoron

St. Louis

Emil Yde

Pittsburgh

1925 Ted Lyons

5

Chicago 1925

Hal Carlson

4

Philadelphia

Dolf Luque

Cincinnati

Dazzy Vance

Brooklyn

1926 Ed Wells

4

Detroit 1926

Pete Donohue

5

Cincinnati

1927 Hod Lisenbee

4

Washington 1927

Jesse Haines

6

St. Louis

1928 Herb Pennock

5

New York 1928

Sheriff Blake

4

Chicago

Burleigh Grimes

Pittsburgh

Red Lucas

Cincinnati

Doug McWeeny

Brooklyn

Dazzy Vance

Brooklyn

1929 George Blaeholder

4

St. Louis 1929

Pat Malone

5

Chicago

Alvin Crowder St. Louis
Sam Gray St. Louis
Danny MacFayden Boston
1930 Clint Brown

3

Cleveland 1930

Charlie Root

4

Chicago

George Earnshaw Philadelphia

Dazzy Vance

Brooklyn

George Pipgras New York
1931 Lefty Grove

4

Philadelphia 1931

Bill Walker

6

New York

1932 Tommy Bridges

4

Detroit 1932

Dizzy Dean

4

St. Louis

Lefty Grove Philadelphia

Steve Swetonic

Pittsburgh

Lon Warneke

Chicago

1933 Oral Hildebrand

6

Cleveland 1933

Carl Hubbell

10

New York

1934 Lefty Gomez

6

New York 1934

Dizzy Dean

7

St. Louis

Mel Harder Cleveland
1935 Schoolboy Rowe

6

Detroit 1935

Cy Blanton

4

Pittsburgh

Freddie Fitzsimmons

New York

Larry French

Chicago

Van Mungo

Brooklyn

Jim Weaver

Pittsburgh

1936 Lefty Grove

6

Boston 1936

Cy Blanton

4

Pittsburgh

Tex Carleton

Chicago

Larry French

Chicago

Bill Lee

Chicago

Al Smith

New York

Bucky Walters

Philadelphia

Lon Warneke

Chicago

1937 Lefty Gomez

6

New York 1937

Lou Fette

5

Boston

Lee Grissom

Cincinnati

Jim Turner

Boston

1938 Lefty Gomez

4

New York 1938

Bill Lee

9

Chicago

1939 Red Ruffing

5

New York 1939

Lou Fette

6

Boston

1940 Bob Feller

4

Cleveland 1940

Manny Salvo

5

Boston

Ted Lyons Chicago

Whit Wyatt

Brooklyn

Al Milnar Cleveland
1941 Bob Feller

6

Cleveland 1941

Whit Wyatt

7

Brooklyn

1942 Tiny Bonham

6

New York 1942

Mort Cooper

10

St. Louis

1943 Spud Chandler

5

New York 1943

Hi Bithorn

7

Chicago

Dizzy Trout Detroit
1944 Dizzy Trout

7

Detroit 1944

Mort Cooper

7

St. Louis

1945 Hal Newhouser

8

Detroit 1945

Claude Passeau

5

Chicago

1946 Bob Feller

10

Cleveland 1946

Ewell Blackwell

5

Cincinnati

Harry Brecheen

St. Louis

1947 Bob Feller

5

Cleveland 1947

Warren Spahn

7

Boston

1948 Bob Lemon

10

Cleveland 1948

Harry Brecheen

7

St. Louis

1949 Ellis Kinder

6

Boston 1949

Ken Heintzelman

5

Philadelphia

Virgil Trucks Detroit

Don Newcombe

Brooklyn

Howie Pollet

St. Louis

Ken Raffensberger

Cincinnati

1950 Art Houtteman

4

Detroit 1950

Jim Hearn

5

New York

St. Louis

Larry Jansen

New York

Sal Maglie

New York

Robin Roberts

Philadelphia

1951 Allie Reynolds

7

New York 1951

Warren Spahn

7

Boston

1952 Mike Garcia

6

Cleveland 1952

Ken Raffensberger

6

Cincinnati

Allie Reynolds New York

Curt Simmons

Philadelphia

1953 Bob Porterfield

9

Washington 1953

Harvey Haddix

6

St. Louis

1954 Mike Garcia

5

Cleveland 1954

Johnny Antonelli

6

New York

Virgil Trucks Chicago
1955 Billy Hoeft

7

Detroit 1955

Joe Nuxhall

5

Cincinnati

1956 Herb Score

5

Cleveland 1956

Lew Burdette

6

Milwaukee

1957 Jim Wilson

5

Chicago 1957

Johnny Podres

6

Brooklyn

1958 Whitey Ford

7

New York 1958

Carl Willey

4

Milwaukee

1959 Camilo Pascual

6

Washington 1959

Johnny Antonelli

4

San Francisco

Bob Buhl

Milwaukee

Lew Burdette

Milwaukee

Roger Craig

Los Angeles

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles

Sam Jones

San Francisco

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1960 Whitey Ford

4

New York 1960

Jack Sanford

6

San Francisco

Jim Perry Cleveland
Early Wynn Chicago
1961 Steve Barber

8

Baltimore 1961

Joey Jay

4

Cincinnati

Camilo Pascual Minnesota

Warren Spahn

Milwaukee

1962 Dick Donovan

5

Cleveland 1962

Bob Friend

5

Pittsburgh

Jim Kaat Minnesota

Bob Gibson

St. Louis

Camilo Pascual Minnesota
1963 Ray Herbert

7

Chicago 1963

Sandy Koufax

11

Los Angeles

1964 Dean Chance

11

Los Angeles 1964

Sandy Koufax

7

Los Angeles

1965 Mudcat Grant

6

Minnesota 1965

Juan Marichal

10

San Francisco

1966 Tommy John

5

Chicago 1966

Jim Bunning

5

Philadelphia

Sam McDowell Cleveland

Bob Gibson

St. Louis

Luis Tiant Cleveland

Larry Jackson

Chicago

Philadelphia

Larry Jaster

St. Louis

Sandy Koufax

Los Angeles

Jim Maloney

Cincinnati

1967 Steve Hargan

6

Cleveland 1967

Jim Bunning

6

Philadelphia

Joe Horlen Chicago
Tommy John Chicago
Mickey Lolich Detroit
Jim McGlothlin California
1968 Luis Tiant

9

Cleveland 1968

Bob Gibson

13

St. Louis

1969 Denny McLain

9

Detroit 1969

Juan Marichal

8

San Francisco

1970 Chuck Dobson

5

Oakland 1970

Gaylord Perry

5

San Francisco

Jim Palmer Baltimore
1971 Vida Blue

8

Oakland 1971

Steve Blass

5

Pittsburgh

Al Downing

Los Angeles

Bob Gibson

St. Louis

Milt Pappas

Chicago

1972 Nolan Ryan

9

California 1972

Don Sutton

9

Los Angeles

1973 Bert Blyleven

9

Minnesota 1973

Jack Billingham

7

Cincinnati

1974 Luis Tiant

7

Boston 1974

Jon Matlack

7

New York

1975 Jim Palmer

10

Baltimore 1975

Andy Messersmith

7

Los Angeles

1976 Nolan Ryan

7

California 1976

Jon Matlack

6

New York

John Montefusco

San Francisco

1977 Frank Tanana

7

California 1977

Tom Seaver

7

Cincinnati

New York

1978 Ron Guidry

9

New York 1978

Bob Knepper

6

San Francisco

1979 Mike Flanagan

5

Baltimore 1979

Joe Niekro

5

Houston

Dennis Leonard Kansas City

Steve Rogers

Montreal

Nolan Ryan California

Tom Seaver

Cincinnati

1980 Tommy John

6

New York 1980

Jerry Reuss

6

Los Angeles

1981 Richard Dotson

4

Chicago 1981

Fernando Valenzuela

8

Los Angeles

Ken Forsch California
Steve McCatty Oakland
Doc Medich Texas
1982 Dave Stieb

5

Toronto 1982

Steve Carlton

6

Philadelphia

1983 Mike Boddicker

5

Baltimore 1983

Steve Rogers

5

Montreal

1984 Bob Ojeda

5

Boston 1984

Joaquin Andujar

4

St. Louis

Geoff Zahn California

Orel Hershiser

Los Angeles

Alejandro Pena

Los Angeles

1985 Bert Blyleven

5

Cleveland 1985

John Tudor

10

St. Louis

Minnesota
1986 Jack Morris

6

Detroit 1986

Bob Knepper

5

Houston

Mike Scott

Houston

1987 Roger Clemens

7

Boston 1987

Rick Reuschel

4

Pittsburgh

San Francisco

Bob Welch

Los Angeles

1988 Roger Clemens

8

Boston 1988

Orel Hershiser

8

Los Angeles

1989 Bert Blyleven

5

California 1989

Tim Belcher

8

Los Angeles

1990 Roger Clemens

4

Boston 1990

Bruce Hurst

4

San Diego

Dave Stewart Oakland

Mike Morgan

Los Angeles

1991 Roger Clemens

4

Boston 1991

Dennis Martinez

5

Montreal

1992 Roger Clemens

5

Boston 1992

David Cone

5

New York

Tom Glavine

Atlanta

1993 Jack McDowell

4

Chicago 1993

Pete Harnisch

4

Houston

1994 Randy Johnson

4

Seattle 1994

Greg Maddux

3

Atlanta

Ramon Martinez

Los Angeles

1995 Mike Mussina

4

Baltimore 1995

Greg Maddux

3

Atlanta

Hideo Nomo

Los Angeles

1996 Pat Hentgen

3

Toronto 1996

Kevin Brown

3

Florida

Ken Hill Texas
Rich Robertson Minnesota
1997 Roger Clemens

3

Toronto 1997

Carlos Perez

5

Montreal

Pat Hentgen Toronto
1998 David Wells

5

New York 1998

Greg Maddux

5

Atlanta

1999 Scott Erickson

3

Baltimore 1999

Andy Ashby

3

San Diego

2000 Pedro Martinez

4

Boston 2000

Randy Johnson

3

Arizona

Greg Maddux

Atlanta

2001 Mark Mulder

4

Oakland 2001

Greg Maddux

3

Atlanta

Javier Vazquez

Montreal

2002 Jeff Weaver

3

Detroit 2002

A.J. Burnett

5

Florida

New York
2003 Roy Halladay

2

Toronto 2003

Kevin Millwood

3

Philadelphia

Tim Hudson Oakland

Matt Morris

St. Louis

John Lackey Anaheim

Jason Schmidt

San Francisco

Mark Mulder Oakland
Joel Pineiro Seattle
2004 Jeremy Bonderman

2

Detroit 2004

Cory Lidle

3

Cincinnati

Tim Hudson Oakland

Philadelphia

Sidney Ponson Baltimore

Jason Schmidt

San Francisco

2005 Jon Garland

3

Chicago 2005

Dontrelle Willis

5

Florida

2006 John Lackey

2

Los Angeles 2006

Chris Carpenter

3

St. Louis

CC Sabathia Cleveland

Brandon Webb

Arizona

Jeremy Sowers Cleveland
Jake Westbrook Cleveland
2007 Paul Byrd

2

Cleveland 2007

Brandon Webb

3

Arizona

Jose Contreras Chicago
John Lackey Los Angeles
Jeff Weaver Seattle
2008 Matt Garza

2

Tampa Bay 2008

CC Sabathia

3

Milwaukee

Roy Halladay Toronto

Ben Sheets

Milwaukee

Cliff Lee Cleveland
Jon Lester Boston
Jesse Litsch Toronto
CC Sabathia Cleveland
James Shields Tampa Bay
Kevin Slowey Minnesota
2009 Roy Halladay

4

Toronto 2009

Bronson Arroyo

2

Cincinnati

Cole Hamels

Philadelphia

J.A. Happ

Philadelphia

Tim Lincecum

San Francisco

Joel Pineiro

St. Louis

2010 Dallas Braden

2

Oakland 2010

Roy Halladay

4

Philadelphia

Carl Pavano Minnesota
2011 Derek Holland

4

Texas 2011

Cliff Lee

6

Philadelphia

James Shields Tampa Bay
2012 Felix Hernandez

5

Seattle 2012

R.A. Dickey

3

New York

2013 Bartolo Colon

3

Oakland 2013

Clayton Kershaw

2

Los Angeles

Justin Masterson Cleveland

Adam Wainwright

St. Louis

Jordan Zimmermann

Washington

2014 Rick Porcello

3

Detroit 2014

Henderson Alvarez

4

Miami

2015 Sonny Gray

2

Oakland 2015

Jake Arrieta

3

Chicago

Felix Hernandez Seattle

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles

Dallas Keuchel Houston

Max Scherzer

Washington

Mike Montgomery Seattle
Jeff Samardzija Chicago
2016 Corey Kluber

2

Cleveland 2016

Clayton Kershaw

3

Los Angeles

2017 Corey Kluber

3

Cleveland 2017

Carlos Martinez

2

St. Louis

Ervin Santana Minnesota
2018 Jose Berrios

1

Minnesota 2018

Patrick Corbin

1

Arizona

Mike Clevinger Cleveland

Michael Foltynewicz

Atlanta

Gerrit Cole Houston

Miles Mikolas

St. Louis

Andrew Heaney Los Angeles

Max Scherzer

Washington

Corey Kluber Cleveland

Chris Stratton

San Francisco

Sean Manaea Oakland

Noah Syndergaard

New York

Daniel Mengden Oakland

Jameson Taillon

Pittsburgh

James Paxton Seattle

Trevor Williams

Pittsburgh

Luis Severino New York
Masahiro Tanaka New York
Justin Verlander Houston
2019 Shane Bieber

2

Cleveland 2019

Sandy Alcantara

2

Miami

Lucas Giolito Chicago
2020 Gerrit Cole

1

New York 2020

Trevor Bauer

2

Cincinnati

Kyle Gibson Texas
Lucas Giolito Chicago
Brad Keller Kansas City
Mike Minor Oakland
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Did you know that Walter Johnson set the Major League record for career shutouts with one-hundred ten? Far too easy? Did you know that he is the only pitcher in Major League history with more than one-hundred?

George Bradley ( 1876 ) and Grover Alexander ( 1916 ) share the Major League record for most shutouts thrown during a single season with sixteen each.

Ted Lyons led the league in shutouts in 1925 then again in 1940 . Can you find a pitcher with league leading seasons further apart or is he the record holder for this unique sign of longevity?

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