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The 20 Best Pitchers in Baseball History (Highest Career W-L Percentages)

Whitey Ford Has The Best W-L Percentage Of Any Pitcher With At Least 300 Decisions, 6.9 Wins Out Of Every 10

Whitey Ford Has The Best W-L Percentage Of Any Pitcher With At Least 300 Decisions, 6.9 Wins Out Of Every 10

So many ways to grade the best pitchers of all time.

And here’s another – when it comes down to it, it’s about wins, right? But more than that – it’s about not many losses, either.

These guys – and let’s go for the cream of the crop with a minimum of 300 decisions – have the best career W-L percentages of all time.

Whitey Ford rules the roost with an unbelievable .690 winning percentage – and he did it all with one team – but he’s followed closely by Pedro Martinez (.687). Check out Martinez’ outrageous 117-37 (.760) record during his years with the Boston Red Sox.

Just about every pitcher on this list is a Hall of Famer, will be or would’ve been (Roger Clemens).

But there are a couple of surprises. We all knew Dwight Gooden was preposterously dominant in his early years – but look at this, Doc actually finished up, despite all those ups and downs, with the 15th best record of any pitcher (again, minimum 300 decisions). It’s doubtful he’ll make the Hall, though.

What about 10th best, and active, Tim Hudson? Drumbeats from ESPN and NBC Sports say maaaybe, or at least ask the question.

Carl Mays is oh so close.

Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte are really on the bubble, but so far it doesn’t look good.

And I think CC Sabathia gets in.

Just look at these amazing lifetime records below.

I had to include Bob Feller at No. 21. It was just too close (.0001).

  PITCHER W-L PCT. W L ARM SEASONS TEAM(S)  
1. Whitey Ford .690 236 106 L 1950, 1953-1967 New York Yankees 236-106
                 
2. Pedro Martinez .687 219 100 R 1992, 1993 Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6
            1994-1997 Montreal Expos 55-33
            1998-2004 Boston Red Sox 117-37
            2005-2008 New York Mets 32-23
            2009 Philadelphia Phillies 5-1
                 
3. Lefty Grove .680 300 141 L 1925-1933 Philadelphia Athletics 195-79
            1934-1941 Boston Red Sox 105-62
                 
4. Christy Mathewson .668 373 185* R 1901-1916 New York Giants 372-185
            1916 Cincinnati Reds 1-0
                 
5. Roy Halladay .659 203 105 R 1998-2009 Toronto Blue Jays 148-76
            2010-2013 Philadelphia Phillies 55-29
                 
6. Roger Clemens .658 354 184 R 1984-1996 Boston Red Sox 192-111
            1997, 1998 Toronto Blue Jays 41-13
            1999-2003, 2007 New York Yankees 83-42
            2004-2006 Houston Astros 38-18
                 
7. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown .652 208^ 111^ R 1903 St. Louis Cardinals 9-13
            1904-1912, 1916 Chicago Cubs 188-86
            1913 Cincinnati Reds 11-12
                 
7. Chief Bender .652 208# 111# R 1903-1914 Philadelphia Athletics 193-102
            1916, 1917 Philadelphia Phillies 15-9
            1925 Chicago White Sox 0-0
                 
9. Randy Johnson .646 303 166 L 1988-1989 Montreal Expos 3-4
            1989-1998 Seattle Mariners 130-74
            1998 Houston Astros 10-1
            1999-2004, 2007, 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks 118-62
            2005, 2006 New York Yankees 34-19
            2009 San Francisco Giants 8-6
                 
10. Tim Hudson** .644 213 118 R 1999-2004 Oakland A’s 92-39
            2005-2013 Atlanta Braves 113-72
            2014 San Francisco Giants 8-7
                 
11. Pete “Grover Cleveland” Alexander .642 373 208 R 1911-1917, 1930 Philadelphia Phillies 190-91
            1918-1926 Chicago Cubs 128-83
            1926-1929 St. Louis Cardinals 55-34
                 
12. Mike Mussina .638 (.6383) 270 153 R 1991-2000 Baltimore Orioles 147-81
            2001-2008 New York Yankees 123-72
                 
13. Jim Palmer .638 (.6381) 268 152 R 1965-1967, 1969-1984 Baltimore Orioles 268-152
                 
14. CC Sabathia** .636 208 119 L 2001-2008 Cleveland Indians 106-71
            2008 Milwaukee Brewers 11-2
            2009-2014 New York Yankees 91-46
                 
15. Dwight Gooden .634 194 112 R 1984-1994 New York Mets 157-85
            1996, 1997, 2000 New York Yankees 24-14
            1998, 1999 Cleveland Indians 11-10
            2000 Houston Astros 0-0
            2000 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-3
                 
16. Juan Marichal .631 243 142 R 1960-1973 San Francisco Giants 238-140
            1974 Boston Red Sox 5-1
            1975 Los Angeles Dodgers 0-1
                 
17. Andy Pettitte .626 256 153 L 1995-2003, 2007-2010, 2012, 2013 New York Yankees 219-127
            2004-2006 Houston Astros 37-26
                 
18. Eddie Plank .625 305+ 183+ L 1901-1914 Philadelphia Athletics 284-162
            1916, 1917 St. Louis Browns 21-21
                 
19. Carl Hubbell .622 (.6216) 253 154 L 1928-1943 New York Giants 253-154
                 
19. Carl Mays .622 (.6216) 207 126 R 1915-1919 Boston Red Sox 72-51
            1919-1923 New York Yankees 80-39
            1924-1928 Cincinnati Reds 49-34
            1929 New York Giants 6-2
                 
21. Bob Feller .622 (.6215) 266 162 R 1936-1941, 1945-1956 Cleveland Indians 266-162

* Christy Mathewson was 0-3 for the New York Giants in 1900, not included. Rankings are from 1901-present, the NL-AL unified era.

^ Mordecai Brown was 31-19 for the St. Louis Terriers, Brooklyn Tip-Tops and Chicago Whales of the Federal League in 1914 and 1915. Not included here.

# Chief Bender was 4-16 for the Baltimore Terrapins of the Federal League in 1915. Not included here.

+ Eddie Plank was 21-11 for the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League in 1915. Not included here.

** Active in 2014

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Major League Baseball Teams with the Highest Attendance (2013 and 2014)

Most Baseball Fans Attend Los Angeles Dodgers Games (At Least In 2013 And 2014)

Most Baseball Fans Attend Los Angeles Dodgers Games (At Least In 2013 And 2014)

In 2013, eight major league baseball teams broke the 3M home-attendance barrier, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Again, based on the average numbers in 2014 (second list below, as of the date of this post), it looks like Dodgers home games will be the most attended in the league.

Overall, though, gate numbers are slightly (just slightly) down from last season, so it is unlikely other teams will join the big eight. The Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies will need a sales surge to get over the top.

And we may even have a few of the eight falling shy of the 3M mark this time around (take the Philadelphia Phillies for example).

We’ll come back at the end of the season to see how it all wraps up and take another look at the century as a whole so far. Sports List of the Day already crunched the home attendance totals from 2000-2012.

MLB 2013 AND 2014 TOTAL ATTENDANCE BY TEAM

TEAM 2013 TOTAL HOME ATTENDANCE TEAM 2014 TOTAL HOME ATTENDANCE 2014 AVERAGE HOME GP
Los Angeles Dodgers 3,743,527

1.

San Francisco Giants 2,288,198 41,604 55
St. Louis Cardinals 3,369,769

2.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2,277,891 46,488 49
San Francisco Giants 3,369,106

3.

St. Louis Cardinals 2,256,762 43,399 52
New York Yankees 3,279,589

4.

Los Angeles Angels 2,147,082 38,341 56
Texas Rangers 3,178,273

5.

New York Yankees 2,098,276 41,966 50
Detroit Tigers 3,083,397

6.

Boston Red Sox 1,890,362 36,353 52
Los Angeles Angels 3,019,505

7.

Colorado Rockies 1,865,125 33,911 54
Philadelphia Phillies 3,012,403

8.

Milwaukee Brewers 1,825,503 33,191 55
Boston Red Sox 2,833,333

9.

Detroit Tigers 1,785,324 35,006 51
Colorado Rockies 2,793,828

10.

Texas Rangers 1,752,120 35,042 50
Washington Nationals 2,652,422

11.

Philadelphia Phillies 1,636,189 30,300 54
Chicago Cubs 2,642,682

12.

Washington Nationals 1,579,530 31,591 50
Atlanta Braves 2,548,679

13.

Pittsburgh Pirates 1,563,657 28,430 55
Toronto Blue Jays 2,536,562

14.

Atlanta Braves 1,557,938 29,395 53
Milwaukee Brewers 2,531,105

15.

Cincinnati Reds 1,553,052 31,061 50
Cincinnati Reds 2,492,101

16.

Chicago Cubs 1,541,933 32,807 47
Minnesota Twins 2,477,644

17.

Toronto Blue Jays 1,509,124 28,474 53
Baltimore Orioles 2,357,561

18.

Minnesota Twins 1,470,358 28,276 52
Pittsburgh Pirates 2,256,862

19.

Baltimore Orioles 1,440,288 29,394 49
San Diego Padres 2,166,691

20.

San Diego Padres 1,396,147 26,849 52
New York Mets 2,135,657

21.

Ariziona Diamondbacks 1,382,499 25,602 54
Arizona Diamondbacks 2,134,895

22.

Seattle Mariners 1,361,104 24,305 56
Oakland A’s 1,809,302

23.

New York Mets 1,278,686 26,639 48
Chicago White Sox 1,768,413

24.

Oakland A’s 1,229,453 24,107 51
Seattle Mariners 1,761,546

25.

Houston Astros 1,162,536 22,795 51
Kansas City Royals 1,750,754

26.

Kansas City Royals 1,151,246 23,025 50
Houston Astros 1,651,883

27.

Miami Marlins 1,126,520 21,664 52
Miami Marlins 1,586,322

28.

Chicago White Sox 1,055,283 20,692 51
Cleveland Indians 1,572,926

29.

Tampa Bay Rays 894,891 17,209 52
Tampa Bay Rays 1,510,300

30.

Cleveland Indians 864,896 18,019 48

*

2014 AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE SORTED

TEAM 2014 AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE
1. Los Angeles Dodgers 46,488
2. St. Louis Cardinals 43,399
3. New York Yankees 41,966
4. San Francisco Giants 41,604
5. Los Angeles Angels 38,341
6. Boston Red Sox 36,353
7. Texas Rangers 35,042
8. Detroit Tigers 35,006
9. Colorado Rockies 33,911
10. Milwaukee Brewers 33,191
11. Chicago Cubs 32,807
12. Washington Nationals 31,591
13. Cincinnati Reds 31,061
14. Philadelphia Phillies 30,300
15. Atlanta Braves 29,395
16. Baltimore Orioles 29,394
17. Toronto Blue Jays 28,474
18. Pittsburgh Pirates 28,430
19. Minnesota Twins 28,276
20. San Diego Padres 26,849
21. New York Mets 26,639
22. Ariziona Diamondbacks 25,602
23. Seattle Mariners 24,305
24. Oakland A’s 24,107
25. Kansas City Royals 23,025
26. Houston Astros 22,795
27. Miami Marlins 21,664
28. Chicago White Sox 20,692
29. Cleveland Indians 18,019
30. Tampa Bay Rays 17,209

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MLB: Most Times Leading the League in Strikeouts (Pitchers)

Walter Johnson Has The Most Strikeout Titles

Walter Johnson Has The Most Strikeout Titles

Nolan Ryan may be the all-time strikeout leader (and surely the greatest strikeout pitcher ever, along with his seven no-hitters), but lifetime Washington Senator, Walter Johnson, has more strikeout titles than anyone – one more than the Ryan Express, himself.

Today’s list, moreso than the all-time leaders list, is an indication of strikeout dominance by era and league.

Johnson, for example, was the most dominant in the American League in the 19-teens and early 1920’s.

Ryan owned all of the American League in 1970s and had a resurgence to capture four straight strikeout titles about a decade after that, in the late 1980’s, dominating each league two times apiece.

Lefty Gomez is the third and final pitcher to garner double-digits in strikeout crowns. He controlled the AL in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s…and so on.

The most recent dominator of his era?

Randy Johnson, one of five lefties ranked below and who has the most strikeouts ever from that side, comes up fourth, with nine titles. The early 1990’s and 2000’s was his time.

Here is every pitcher with a minimum five seasons atop their league in strikeouts (National or American).

PITCHER STRIKEOUT TITLES TEAM(S) SEASONS
1. Walter Johnson 12 Washington Senators 1910, 1912-1919, 1921, 1923, 1924
2. Nolan Ryan 11 California Angels 1972-1974, 1976-1979
Houston Astros 1987, 1988
Texas Rangers 1989, 1990
3. Lefty Gomez (L)
10 Philadelphia Athletics 1925-1931
New York Yankees 1933, 1934, 1937
4. Randy Johnson (L)
9 Seattle Mariners 1992-1995
Arizona Diamondbacks 2000-2002, 2004
5. Bob Feller 7 Cleveland Indians 1938-1941, 1946-1948
5. Dazzy Vance 7 Brooklyn Robins 1922-1928
7. Pete Alexander 6 Philadelphia Phillies 1912, 1914-1917, 1920
7. Rube Waddell (L)
6 Philadelphia Athletics 1902-1907
9. Christy Mathewson 5 New York Giants 1903-1905, 1907, 1908
9. Roger Clemens 5 Boston Red Sox 1988, 1991, 1996
Toronto Blue Jays 1997, 1998
9. Sam McDowell (L)
5 Cleveland Indians 1965, 1966, 1968-1970
9. Steve Carlton (L)
5 Philadelphia Phillies 1972, 1974, 1980, 1982, 1983
9. Tom Seaver 5 New York Mets 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976

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