STRIKEOUT RECORDS FOR HITTERS

Major League Baseball Records for Strikeouts

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball records for strikeouts — including career strikeout records, single season strikeout plateaus and game related strikeout records.

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Strikeout Records for Hitters

Career Strikeout Records for Hitters

Fewest Strikeouts
In A Career
AL
Cleveland
99
114
New York
15
NL
Pittsburgh
167
173
Boston
0
Cincinnati
0
Philadelphia
6
Brooklyn
0
Most Strikeouts
In A Career
( Top 1,000 )
AL
Kansas City
46
2,597
Oakland
1,180
Baltimore
108
New York
573
California
690
NL
Pittsburgh
1,936
1,936

Strikeout Records for Hitters

Single Season Strikeout Records for Hitters (150 Games Played Minimum)

Fewest Strikeouts
By The League Leader
AL
Philadelphia
66
1930
Cleveland
1930
NL
Chicago
63
1924
Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season (575 AB Minimum)
AL
Cleveland
4
1925
Cleveland
1929
NL
Chicago
5
1922
Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Lefthander
AL
Cleveland
4
1925
Cleveland
1929
NL
Chicago
5
1922
Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Righthander
AL
Cleveland
9
1948
Boston
1921
NL
Philadelphia
8
1947
Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season By A Rookie
AL
Boston
25
1930
NL
Brooklyn
17
1936
Fewest Strikeouts
In A Season By A Switch-Hitter
AL
Chicago
23
1920
NL
St. Louis
10
1927
Most Strikeouts
In A Season ( Top 500 )
AL
Chicago
222
2012
NL
Arizona
223
2009
Most Strikeouts
In A Season
By A Lefthander
AL
Chicago
222
2012
NL
Washington
199
2010
Philadelphia
199
2007
Philadelphia
199
2008
Most Strikeouts
In A Season By A Righthander
AL
Houston
212
2013
NL
Arizona
223
2009
Most Strikeouts
In A Season By A Rookie
AL
New York
208
2017
NL
Chicago
199
2015
Most Strikeouts
In A Season By A Switch-Hitter
AL
Chicago
217
2018
NL
Washington
189
2012
Most Consecutive Strikeouts
In Consecutive Games
(Consecutive Plate Appearences)
AL
California
11
NL
Brooklyn
12

Most Consecutive Strikeouts
In Consecutive Games
(Consecutive Plate Appearences)

[Positional Players / Non-Pitcher]

AL
Kansas City
9
Oakland
Kansas City
Boston
NL
Chicago
9
Cincinnati
Arizona
Most Consecutive Strikeouts
In Consecutive Games
(Non-Consecutive Plate Appearences)
AL
Washington
13
NL
Montreal
15
Most Consecutive Seasons
Leading The League
( Yearly Leaders )
AL
Oakland
4
1968 - 1971
NL
Boston / Pittsburgh
4
1942 - 1945
Philadelphia
1984 - 1987
Chicago
1927 - 1930
ML
Arizona [NL]
4
2008 - 2010
Baltimore [AL]
2011 - 2011
Most Seasons
Leading The League
( Yearly Leaders )
AL
Philadelphia
7
1929
Philadelphia
1930
Philadelphia
1931
Philadelphia
1933
Philadelphia
1935
Boston
1936
Boston
1941
NL
Boston

6

1937
Boston
1938
Pittsburgh
1942
Pittsburgh
1943
Pittsburgh
1944
Pittsburgh
1945

Strikeout Records for Hitters

Game Specific Strikeout Records for Hitters

Most Games
With No Strikeouts
Consecutively
AL
Cleveland
115
05-19- 1929
09-19- 1929
NL
Pittsburgh
77
04-24- 1941
Boston
09-16- 1941
Most Games in a Career
With 4+ Strikeouts
AL
Kansas City
1
23
Oakland
10
Baltimore
0
New York
7
California
5
NL
Philadelphia
27
27

Most Games in a Season
With 4+ Strikeouts

Bold = League Record

AL
Texas
6
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Oakland
5
Oakland
Oakland
Oakland
Oakland
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
NL
Philadelphia
7
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Most Strikeouts
In A Doubleheader

Bold = League Record

AL
New York (Gm 1)
8
New York (Gm 2)
Toronto (Gm 1)
7
Toronto (Gm 2)
Washington (Gm 1)
Washington (Gm 2)
Chicago (Gm 1)
Chicago (Gm 2)
Chicago (Gm 1)
Chicago (Gm 2)
Chicago (Gm 1)
Chicago (Gm 2)
NL
New York (Gm 1)
7
New York (Gm 2)
Most Strikeouts
In A 9-Inning Game
AL
Minnesota
5
Chicago
Detroit
Baltimore
New York
Baltimore
Oakland
Houston
Chicago
Milwaukee
Cleveland
Oakland
Philadelphia
Seattle
Kansas City
Detroit
Washington
Kansas City
Oakland
Oakland
Boston
New York
Detroit
Chicago
Milwaukee
Cleveland
Milwaukee
Oakland
Detroit
Kansas City
New York
Boston
Houston
Toronto
Toronto
Boston
Texas
New York
Cleveland
New York
NL
Philadelphia
5
Chicago
Chicago
Montreal
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Philadelphia
San Diego
Montreal
Louisville
08-15-1899
Cincinnati
Colorado
St. Louis
07-07-1911
San Diego
Atlanta
Atlanta
New York
Colorado
Chicago
Montreal
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Los Angeles
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Chicago
Colorado
Los Angeles
Cincinnati
New York
New York
Washington
Buffalo
06-20-1879
San Francisco
Houston
Pittsburgh
Most Strikeouts
In A Game
Extra Innings
AL
Boston
6
15 Innings
California
20 Innings
Toronto
13 Innings
Baltimore
15 Innings
California
17 Innings
St. Louis
07-25-1913
15 Innings
NL
Chicago
6
17 Innings
Milwaukee
17 Innings
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baseball almanac fast facts

The most times an American League pitcher struck out during a single season was 65 times set in 1972, by Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox . In the National League it was 62 times, set in 1968, by Jerry Koosman of the New York Mets .

The Major League record for most strikeouts during a players first game ever is four . Those who have worn a "golden sombrero" and entered this record book during their debut are: Billy Sunday (May 22, 1883), Hercules Burnett (June 26, 1888), George Goetz (June 17, 1889), Rollie Naylor ( September 14, 1917 ), Lee Bales ( August 7, 1966 ), and Sam Ewing ( September 11, 1973 ).

Reggie Jackson , the all-time strikeout leader , also holds the Major League record for most seasons with at least one-hundred strikeouts — he has eighteen of them during his hall of fame career!

Did you know that from 1952 through 1962, Nellie Fox led the league in fewest strikeouts for a player appearing in at least one-hundred fifty games?

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