Games Started Records

Major League Baseball Games Started Records for Pitchers

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for games started — including career marks, most by a rookie during a season and other complete game records.

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Games Started Records

Career Records for Games Started

Most Games Started
(In A Career)
( Top 1,000 )
AL Walter Johnson Washington 666 666
NL Greg Maddux Chicago 298 740
Atlanta 363
Los Angeles 19
San Diego 60
ML Cy Young Cleveland [NL] 430 815
St. Louis [NL] 77
Boston [AL] 308

Most Games Started
(In A Career)
( Zero Career Relief Appearances)

[Every Game Pitched Was a Start]

AL Justin Verlander Detroit 380 453
Houston 73
NL Tom Glavine Atlanta 518 682
New York 164

Games Started Records

Single Season Games Started Records

Most Games Started
(In A Season)
( Top 500 )
AL Jack Chesbro New York 51 1904
NL Pud Galvin Buffalo 75 1883
Will White Cincinnati 1879
Most Games Started
(In A Season)
(With No Complete Games)
AL Wilson Alvarez Chicago 35 1996
Rick Helling Texas 2000
Sterling Hitchcock Seattle 1996
Rodrigo Lopez Baltimore 2005
Barry Zito Oakland 2005
NL Steve Bedrosian Atlanta 37 1985
Most Seasons
(Leading The League in GS)
( Yea-by-Year Leaders )
AL Bob Feller Cleveland 5 1940
Cleveland 1941
Cleveland 1946
Cleveland 1947
Cleveland 1948
Early Wynn Washington 1943
Cleveland 1951
Cleveland 1954
Cleveland 1957
Chicago 1959
NL Greg Maddux Chicago 7 1990
Chicago 1991
Chicago 1992
Atlanta 1993
Atlanta 2000
Atlanta 2003
Chicago 2005

Games Started on Opening Day Records

Opening Day Game Started Records

Most Opening Day Starts
(In A Career)
AL Walter Johnson Washington 14 1910
Washington 1912
Washington 1913
Washington 1914
Washington 1915
Washington 1916
Washington 1917
Washington 1918
Washington 1919
Washington 1920
Washington 1921
Washington 1923
Washington 1924
Washington 1926
Jack Morris Detroit 1980
Detroit 1981
Detroit 1982
Detroit 1983
Detroit 1984
Detroit 1985
Detroit 1986
Detroit 1987
Detroit 1988
Detroit 1989
Detroit 1990
Minnesota 1991
Toronto 1992
Toronto 1993
NL Steve Carlton Philadelphia 14 1972
Philadelphia 1973
Philadelphia 1974
Philadelphia 1975
Philadelphia 1977
Philadelphia 1978
Philadelphia 1979
Philadelphia 1980
Philadelphia 1981
Philadelphia 1982
Philadelphia 1983
Philadelphia 1984
Philadelphia 1985
Philadelphia 1986
Tom Seaver New York 1968
New York 1969
New York 1970
New York 1971
New York 1972
New York 1973
New York 1974
New York 1975
New York 1976
New York 1977
Cincinnati 1978
Cincinnati 1979
Cincinnati 1981
New York 1983
ML Tom Seaver New York [NL] 16 1968
New York [NL] 1969
New York [NL] 1970
New York [NL] 1971
New York [NL] 1972
New York [NL] 1973
New York [NL] 1974
New York [NL] 1975
New York [NL] 1976
New York [NL] 1977
Cincinnati [NL] 1978
Cincinnati [NL] 1979
Cincinnati [NL] 1981
New York [NL] 1983
Chicago [AL] 1985
Chicago [AL] 1986
Games Started Records | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
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The yearly games started leader in each league since 1901, the top one-thousand all-time, and top five-hundred single season for games started are all here on Baseball Almanac in our Pitching Charts section!

Did you know that Steve Carlton held the National League record of 534 consecutive starts until Greg Maddux broke it in 2003? The Professor hung up his cleats in 2008, ending the streak with "only" 719 consecutive starts!

Do you like Opening Day records? You can review lineups from those rosters - including pitchers - in our Opening Day section for nearly every team in history.

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