Year by Year Leaders for Strikeouts

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

"I know they're loaded. Did you think I thought they gave me an extra infield?" - Strikeouts Leader (1933-1934 & 1937) / Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez

Strikeouts
Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Jim Devlin

122

Louisville

1877 - - - 1877

Tommy Bond

170

Boston

1878 - - - 1878

Tommy Bond

182

Boston

1879 - - - 1879

John Ward

239

Providence

1880 - - - 1880

Larry Corcoran

268

Chicago

1881 - - - 1881

George Derby

212

Detroit

1882 - - - 1882

Old Hoss Radbourn

201

Providence

1883 - - - 1883

Jim Whitney

345

Boston

1884 - - - 1884

Old Hoss Radbourn

441

Providence

1885 - - - 1885

John Clarkson

308

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Lady Baldwin

323

Detroit

1887 - - - 1887

John Clarkson

237

Chicago

1888 - - - 1888

Tim Keefe

335

New York

1889 - - - 1889

John Clarkson

284

Boston

1890 - - - 1890

Amos Rusie

341

New York

1891 - - - 1891

Amos Rusie

337

New York

1892 - - - 1892

Bill Hutchison

314

Chicago

1893 - - - 1893

Amos Rusie

208

New York

1894 - - - 1894

Amos Rusie

195

New York

1895 - - - 1895

Amos Rusie

201

New York

1896 - - - 1896

Cy Young

140

Cleveland

1897 - - - 1897

Doc McJames

156

Washington

1898 - - - 1898

Cy Seymour

239

New York

1899 - - - 1899

Noodles Hahn

145

Cincinnati

1900 - - - 1900

Noodles Hahn

132

Cincinnati

1901 Cy Young

158

Boston 1901

Noodles Hahn

239

Cincinnati

1902 Rube Waddell

210

Philadelphia 1902

Vic Willis

225

Boston

1903 Rube Waddell

302

Philadelphia 1903

Christy Mathewson

267

New York

1904 Rube Waddell

349

Philadelphia 1904

Christy Mathewson

212

New York

1905 Rube Waddell

287

Philadelphia 1905

Christy Mathewson

206

New York

1906 Rube Waddell

196

Philadelphia 1906

Fred Beebe

171

Chicago

St. Louis

1907 Rube Waddell

232

Philadelphia 1907

Christy Mathewson

178

New York

1908 Ed Walsh

269

Chicago 1908

Christy Mathewson

259

New York

1909 Frank Smith

177

Chicago 1909

Orval Overall

205

Chicago

1910 Walter Johnson

313

Washington 1910

Earl Moore

185

Philadelphia

1911 Ed Walsh

255

Chicago 1911

Rube Marquard

237

New York

1912 Walter Johnson

303

Washington 1912

Grover Alexander

195

Philadelphia

1913 Walter Johnson

243

Washington 1913

Tom Seaton

168

Philadelphia

1914 Walter Johnson

225

Washington 1914

Grover Alexander

214

Philadelphia

1915 Walter Johnson

203

Washington 1915

Grover Alexander

241

Philadelphia

1916 Walter Johnson

228

Washington 1916

Grover Alexander

167

Philadelphia

1917 Walter Johnson

188

Washington 1917

Grover Alexander

200

Philadelphia

1918 Walter Johnson

162

Washington 1918

Hippo Vaughn

148

Chicago

1919 Walter Johnson

147

Washington 1919

Hippo Vaughn

141

Chicago

1920 Stan Coveleski

133

Cleveland 1920

Grover Alexander

173

Chicago

1921 Walter Johnson

143

Washington 1921

Burleigh Grimes

136

Brooklyn

1922 Urban Shocker

149

St. Louis 1922

Dazzy Vance

134

Brooklyn

1923 Walter Johnson

130

Washington 1923

Dazzy Vance

197

Brooklyn

1924 Walter Johnson

158

Washington 1924

Dazzy Vance

262

Brooklyn

1925 Lefty Grove

116

Philadelphia 1925

Dazzy Vance

221

Brooklyn

1926 Lefty Grove

194

Philadelphia 1926

Dazzy Vance

140

Brooklyn

1927 Lefty Grove

174

Philadelphia 1927

Dazzy Vance

184

Brooklyn

1928 Lefty Grove

183

Philadelphia 1928

Dazzy Vance

200

Brooklyn

1929 Lefty Grove

170

Philadelphia 1929

Pat Malone

166

Chicago

1930 Lefty Grove

209

Philadelphia 1930

Bill Hallahan

177

St. Louis

1931 Lefty Grove

175

Philadelphia 1931

Bill Hallahan

159

St. Louis

1932 Red Ruffing

190

New York 1932

Dizzy Dean

191

St. Louis

1933 Lefty Gomez

163

New York 1933

Dizzy Dean

199

St. Louis

1934 Lefty Gomez

158

New York 1934

Dizzy Dean

195

St. Louis

1935 Tommy Bridges

163

Detroit 1935

Dizzy Dean

190

St. Louis

1936 Tommy Bridges

175

Detroit 1936

Van Mungo

238

Brooklyn

1937 Lefty Gomez

194

New York 1937

Carl Hubbell

159

New York

1938 Bob Feller

240

Cleveland 1938

Clay Bryant

135

Chicago

1939 Bob Feller

246

Cleveland 1939

Claude Passeau

137

Chicago

Philadelphia

Bucky Walters

Cincinnati

1940 Bob Feller

261

Cleveland 1940

Kirby Higbe

137

Philadelphia

1941 Bob Feller

260

Cleveland 1941

Johnny Vander Meer

202

Cincinnati

1942 Tex Hughson

113

Boston 1942

Johnny Vander Meer

186

Cincinnati

Bobo Newsom Washington
1943 Allie Reynolds

151

Cleveland 1943

Johnny Vander Meer

174

Cincinnati

1944 Hal Newhouser

187

Detroit 1944

Bill Voiselle

161

New York

1945 Hal Newhouser

212

Detroit 1945

Preacher Roe

148

Pittsburgh

1946 Bob Feller

348

Cleveland 1946

Johnny Schmitz

135

Chicago

1947 Bob Feller

196

Cleveland 1947

Ewell Blackwell

193

Cincinnati

1948 Bob Feller

164

Cleveland 1948

Harry Brecheen

149

St. Louis

1949 Virgil Trucks

153

Detroit 1949

Warren Spahn

151

Boston

1950 Bob Lemon

170

Cleveland 1950

Warren Spahn

191

Boston

1951 Vic Raschi

164

New York 1951

Don Newcombe

164

Brooklyn

Warren Spahn

Boston

1952 Allie Reynolds

160

New York 1952

Warren Spahn

183

Boston

1953 Billy Pierce

186

Chicago 1953

Robin Roberts

198

Philadelphia

1954 Bob Turley

185

Baltimore 1954

Robin Roberts

185

Philadelphia

1955 Herb Score

245

Cleveland 1955

Sam Jones

198

Chicago

1956 Herb Score

263

Cleveland 1956

Sam Jones

176

Chicago

1957 Early Wynn

184

Cleveland 1957

Jack Sanford

188

Philadelphia

1958 Early Wynn

179

Chicago 1958

Sam Jones

225

St. Louis

1959 Jim Bunning

201

Detroit 1959

Don Drysdale

242

Los Angeles

1960 Jim Bunning

201

Detroit 1960

Don Drysdale

246

Los Angeles

1961 Camilo Pascual

221

Minnesota 1961

Sandy Koufax

269

Los Angeles

1962 Camilo Pascual

206

Minnesota 1962

Don Drysdale

232

Los Angeles

1963 Camilo Pascual

202

Minnesota 1963

Sandy Koufax

306

Los Angeles

1964 Al Downing

217

New York 1964

Bob Veale

250

Pittsburgh

1965 Sam McDowell

325

Cleveland 1965

Sandy Koufax

382

Los Angeles

1966 Sam McDowell

225

Cleveland 1966

Sandy Koufax

317

Los Angeles

1967 Jim Lonborg

246

Boston 1967

Jim Bunning

253

Philadelphia

1968 Sam McDowell

283

Cleveland 1968

Bob Gibson

268

St. Louis

1969 Sam McDowell

279

Cleveland 1969

Fergie Jenkins

273

Chicago

1970 Sam McDowell

304

Cleveland 1970

Tom Seaver

283

New York

1971 Mickey Lolich

308

Detroit 1971

Tom Seaver

289

New York

1972 Nolan Ryan

329

California 1972

Steve Carlton

310

Philadelphia

1973 Nolan Ryan

383

California 1973

Tom Seaver

251

New York

1974 Nolan Ryan

367

California 1974

Steve Carlton

240

Philadelphia

1975 Frank Tanana

269

California 1975

Tom Seaver

243

New York

1976 Nolan Ryan

327

California 1976

Tom Seaver

235

New York

1977 Nolan Ryan

341

California 1977

Phil Niekro

262

Atlanta

1978 Nolan Ryan

260

California 1978

J.R. Richard

303

Houston

1979 Nolan Ryan

223

California 1979

J.R. Richard

313

Houston

1980 Len Barker

187

Cleveland 1980

Steve Carlton

286

Philadelphia

1981 Len Barker

127

Cleveland 1981

Fernando Valenzuela

180

Los Angeles

1982 Floyd Bannister

209

Seattle 1982

Steve Carlton

286

Philadelphia

1983 Jack Morris

232

Detroit 1983

Steve Carlton

275

Philadelphia

1984 Mark Langston

204

Seattle 1984

Dwight Gooden

276

New York

1985 Bert Blyleven

206

Cleveland 1985

Dwight Gooden

268

New York

Minnesota
1986 Mark Langston

245

Seattle 1986

Mike Scott

306

Houston

1987 Mark Langston

262

Seattle 1987

Nolan Ryan

270

Houston

1988 Roger Clemens

291

Boston 1988

Nolan Ryan

228

Houston

1989 Nolan Ryan

301

Texas 1989

Jose DeLeon

201

St. Louis

1990 Nolan Ryan

232

Texas 1990

David Cone

233

New York

1991 Roger Clemens

241

Boston 1991

David Cone

241

New York

1992 Randy Johnson

241

Seattle 1992

John Smoltz

215

Atlanta

1993 Randy Johnson

308

Seattle 1993

Jose Rijo

227

Cincinnati

1994 Randy Johnson

204

Seattle 1994

Andy Benes

189

San Diego

1995 Randy Johnson

294

Seattle 1995

Hideo Nomo

236

Los Angeles

1996 Roger Clemens

257

Boston 1996

John Smoltz

276

Atlanta

1997 Roger Clemens

292

Toronto 1997

Curt Schilling

319

Philadelphia

1998 Roger Clemens

271

Toronto 1998

Curt Schilling

300

Philadelphia

1999 Pedro Martinez

313

Boston 1999

Randy Johnson

364

Arizona

2000 Pedro Martinez

284

Boston 2000

Randy Johnson

347

Arizona

2001 Hideo Nomo

220

Boston 2001

Randy Johnson

372

Arizona

2002 Pedro Martinez

239

Boston 2002

Randy Johnson

334

Arizona

2003 Esteban Loaiza

207

Chicago 2003

Kerry Wood

266

Chicago

2004 Johan Santana

265

Minnesota 2004

Randy Johnson

290

Arizona

2005 Johan Santana

238

Minnesota 2005

Jake Peavy

216

San Diego

2006 Johan Santana

245

Minnesota 2006

Aaron Harang

216

Cincinnati

2007 Scott Kazmir

239

Tampa Bay 2007

Jake Peavy

240

San Diego

2008 A.J. Burnett

231

Toronto 2008

Tim Lincecum

265

San Francisco

2009 Justin Verlander

269

Detroit 2009

Tim Lincecum

261

San Francisco

2010 Jered Weaver

233

Los Angeles 2010

Tim Lincecum

231

San Francisco

2011 Justin Verlander

250

Detroit 2011

Clayton Kershaw

248

Los Angeles

2012 Justin Verlander

239

Detroit 2012

R.A. Dickey

230

New York

2013 Yu Darvish

277

Texas 2013

Clayton Kershaw

232

Los Angeles

2014 David Price

271

Detroit 2014

Johnny Cueto

242

Cincinnati

Tampa Bay

Stephen Strasburg

Washington

2015 Chris Sale

274

Chicago 2015

Clayton Kershaw

301

Los Angeles

2016 Justin Verlander

254

Detroit 2016

Max Scherzer

284

Washington

2017 Chris Sale

308

Boston 2017

Max Scherzer

268

Washington

2018 Justin Verlander

290

Houston 2018

Max Scherzer

300

Washington

2019 Gerrit Cole

326

Houston 2019

Jacob deGrom

255

New York

2020 Shane Bieber

122

Cleveland 2020

Jacob deGrom

104

New York

Current Through 2020 Season
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Nolan Ryan holds the Major League record for career strikeouts (click the link to see the top one-hundred) with five-thousand seven-hundred fourteen and with a hundred twenty-five plus years he still remains the only pitcher in history with more than five-thousand career strikeouts.

Did you know that eight of the top ten single season strikeout records all occurred during the nineteen century? Do you know which two big league pitchers from the twentieth century made the top ten?

Walter Johnson set the Major League record for most consecutive seasons (1912 through 1919) leading any league in strikeouts, but Randy Johnson deserves a plug for stringing four consecutive seasons in the American League (1992 through 1995) then four more in the National League (1999 through 2002) four years after he did it in the junior circuit.

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