MLB: Pitchers with the Most Shutouts in Postseason History (And Every Playoff Shutout Ever)

Christy Mathewson Threw Three Shutouts in the 1905 World Series, An Unparalleled Performance

Christy Mathewson Threw Three Shutouts in the 1905 World Series, an Unparalleled Performance

The New York GiantsChristy Mathewson tossed four shutouts in the World Series, including three in 1905 alone. He is the all-time leader in postseason complete-game shutouts – a record that is 100 years old this season.

Josh Beckett had a chance to tie it this year – the 33-year old has three postseason shutouts to his credit and his Los Angeles Dodgers are playoff bound. But Beckett won’t be joining them. He had shoulder surgery in July that KO’d him for the season.

Complete-game shutouts are hard to come by in the regular season, much less the postseason, these days. For the most part, starting pitchers don’t go nine-innings anymore.

But even throughout all of baseball history, shutouts in the playoffs have always been hard to come by. In 109 years of playoff series (1903-2012, minus 1994), only 129 shutouts have been thrown.

Beckett joins Mordecai (Three-Finger) Brown and Whitey Ford with three apiece.

Twelve other pitchers have thrown two. All together, 16 pitchers have multiple postseason shutoffs. Here they are below, along with every shutout in playoff history, courtesy my source, baseball-reference.com.

There’s the most famous postseason shutout of all time…Don Larsen‘s perfect game.

  PITCHER   DATE   GM TEAM OPP IP RESULT
1. Christy Mathewson 4 Oct. 8, 1913 WS 2 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics 10.0 W 3-0
      Oct. 14, 1905 WS 5 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 2-0
      Oct. 12, 1905 WS 3 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 9-0
      Oct. 9, 1905 WS 1 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 3-0
                   
2. Josh Beckett 3 Oct. 3, 2007 ALDS 1 Boston Red Sox Los Angeles Angels 9.0 W 4-0
      Oct. 25, 2003 WS 6 Florida Marlins New York Yankees 9.0 W 2-0
      Oct. 12, 2003 NLCS 5 Florida Marlins Chicago Cubs 9.0 W 4-0
                   
2. Mordecai Brown 3 Oct. 13, 1908 WS 4 Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 3-0
      Oct. 12, 1907 WS 5 Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 2-0
      Oct. 12, 1906 WS 4 Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox 9.0 W 1-0
                   
2. Whitey Ford 3 Oct. 4, 1961 WS 1 New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 2-0
      Oct. 12, 1960 WS 6 New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 12-0
      Oct. 8, 1960 WS 3 New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 10-0
                   
5. Allie Reynolds 2 Oct. 4, 1952 WS 4 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 9.0 W 2-0
      Oct. 5, 1949 WS 1 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 9.0 W 1-0
                   
5. Art Nehf 2 Oct. 12, 1923 WS 3 New York Giants New York Yankees 9.0 W 1-0
      Oct. 13, 1921 WS 8 New York Giants New York Yankees 9.0 W 1-0
                   
5. Bill Dinneen 2 Oct. 13, 1903 WS 8 Boston Red Sox Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 3-0
      Oct. 2, 1903 WS 2 Boston Red Sox Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 3-0
                   
5. Bob Gibson 2 Oct. 2, 1968 WS 1 St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 4-0
      Oct. 8, 1967 WS 4 St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox 9.0 W 6-0
                   
5. Curt Schilling 2 Oct. 9, 2001 NLDS 1 Arizona Diamondbacks St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 1-0
      Oct. 21, 1993 WS 5 Philadelphia Phillies Toronto Blue Jays 9.0 W 2-0
                   
5. Dave McNally 2 Oct. 5, 1969 ALCS 2 Baltimore Orioles Minnesota Twins 11.0 W 1-0
      Oct. 9, 1966 WS 4 Baltimore Orioles Los Angeles Dodgers 9.0 W 1-0
                   
5. Jim Palmer 2 Oct. 6, 1973 ALCS 1 Baltimore Orioles Oakland A’s 9.0 W 6-0
      Oct. 6, 1966 WS 2 Baltimore Orioles Los Angeles Dodgers 9.0 W 6-0
                   
5. Lew Burdette 2 Oct. 10, 1957 WS 7 Milwaukee Braves New York Yankees 9.0 W 5-0
      Oct. 7, 1957 WS 5 Milwaukee Braves New York Yankees 9.0 W 1-0
                   
5. Orel Hershiser 2 Oct. 16, 1988 WS 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Oakland A’s 9.0 W 6-0
      Oct. 12, 1988 NLCS 7 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets 9.0 W 6-0
                   
5. Randy Johnson 2 Oct. 28, 2001 WS 2 Arizona Diamondbacks New York Yankees 9.0 W 4-0
      Oct. 16, 2001 NLCS 1 Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves 9.0 W 2-0
                   
5. Sandy Koufax 2 Oct. 14, 1965 WS 7 Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 9.0 W 2-0
      Oct. 11, 1965 WS 5 Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 9.0 W 7-0
                   
5. Scott McGregor 2 Oct. 16, 1983 WS 5 Baltimore Orioles Philadelphia Phillies 9.0 W 5-0
      Oct. 6, 1979 ALCS 4 Baltimore Orioles California Angels 9.0 W 8-0
                   
17. Babe Adams 1 Oct. 16, 1909 WS 7 Pittsburgh Pirates Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 8-0
17. Babe Ruth 1 Sep. 5, 1918 WS 1 Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs 9.0 W 1-0
17. Bill Hallahan 1 Oct. 2, 1931 WS 2 St. Louis Cardinals Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 2-0
17. Bill Hallahan 1 Oct. 4, 1930 WS 3 St. Louis Cardinals Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 5-0
17. Bill James 1 Oct. 10, 1914 WS 2 Boston Braves Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 1-0
17. Blue Moon Odom 1 Oct. 8, 1972 ALCS 2 Oakland A’s Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 5-0
17. Bob Forsch 1 Oct. 7, 1982 NLCS 1 St. Louis Cardinals Atlanta Braves 9.0 W 7-0
17. Bob Turley 1 Oct. 6, 1958 WS 5 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves 9.0 W 7-0
17. Bobby Jones 1 Oct. 8, 2000 NLDS 4 New York Mets San Francisco Giants 9.0 W 4-0
17. Bobo Newsom 1 Oct. 6, 1940 WS 5 Detroit Tigers Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 8-0
17. Bret Saberhagen 1 Oct. 27, 1985 WS 7 Kansas City Royals St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 11-0
17. Bucky Walters 1 Oct. 7, 1940 WS 6 Cincinnati Reds Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 4-0
17. Burleigh Grimes 1 Oct. 6, 1920 WS 2 Brooklyn Dodgers Cleveland Indians 9.0 W 3-0
17. Carl Mays 1 Oct. 5, 1921 WS 1 New York Yankees New York Giants 9.0 W 3-0
17. Catfish Hunter 1 Oct. 11, 1973 ALCS 5 Oakland A’s Baltimore Orioles 9.0 W 3-0
17. Chief Bender 1 Oct. 10, 1905 WS 2 Philadelphia Athletics New York Giants 9.0 W 3-0
17. Chris Carpenter 1 Oct. 7, 2011 NLDS 5 St. Louis Cardinals Philadelphia Phillies 9.0 W 1-0
17. Claude Osteen 1 Oct. 9, 1965 WS 3 Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 9.0 W 4-0
17. Claude Passeau 1 Oct. 5, 1945 WS 3 Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 3-0
17. Clem Labine 1 Oct. 9, 1956 WS 6 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 10.0 W 1-0
17. Cole Hamels 1 Oct. 10, 2010 NLDS 3 Philadelphia Phillies Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 2-0
17. Danny Cox 1 Oct. 14, 1987 NLCS 7 St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants 9.0 W 6-0
17. Danny Jackson 1 Oct. 13, 1985 ALCS 5 Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays 9.0 W 2-0
17. Dave Dravecky 1 Oct. 7, 1987 NLCS 2 San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 5-0
17. Dave Ferriss 1 Oct. 9, 1946 WS 3 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 4-0
17. Dave Stewart 1 Oct. 14, 1989 WS 1 Oakland A’s San Francisco Giants 9.0 W 5-0
17. Denny Neagle 1 Oct. 11, 1997 NLCS 4 Atlanta Braves Florida Marlins 9.0 W 4-0
17. Dickey Kerr 1 Oct. 3, 1919 WS 3 Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 3-0
17. Dizzy Dean 1 Oct. 9, 1934 WS 7 St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 11-0
17. Don Drysdale 1 Oct. 5, 1963 WS 3 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees 9.0 W 1-0
17. Don Larsen 1 Oct. 8, 1956 WS 5 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 9.0 W 2-0
17. Don Sutton 1 Oct. 5, 1974 NLCS 1 Los Angeles Dodgers Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 3-0
17. Duster Mails 1 Oct. 11, 1920 WS 6 Cleveland Indians Brooklyn Dodgers 9.0 W 1-0
17. Earl Whitehill 1 Oct. 5, 1933 WS 3 Washington Senators I New York Giants 9.0 W 4-0
17. Ed Walsh 1 Oct. 11, 1906 WS 3 Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs 9.0 W 3-0
17. Ernie White 1 Oct. 3, 1942 WS 3 St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees 9.0 W 2-0
17. Ferdie Schupp 1 Oct. 11, 1917 WS 4 New York Giants Chicago White Sox 9.0 W 5-0
17. Gene Bearden 1 Oct. 8, 1948 WS 3 Cleveland Indians Boston Braves 9.0 W 2-0
17. George Earnshaw 1 Oct. 6, 1931 WS 4 Philadelphia Athletics St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 3-0
17. George Mullin 1 Oct. 12, 1909 WS 4 Detroit Tigers Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 5-0
17. Hank Borowy 1 Oct. 3, 1945 WS 1 Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 9-0
17. Harry Brecheen 1 Oct. 7, 1946 WS 2 St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox 9.0 W 3-0
17. Hippo Vaughn 1 Sep. 10, 1918 WS 5 Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox 9.0 W 3-0
17. Hod Eller 1 Oct. 6, 1919 WS 5 Cincinnati Reds Chicago White Sox 9.0 W 5-0
17. Jack Morris 1 Oct. 27, 1991 WS 7 Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves 10.0 W 1-0
17. Jack Sanford 1 Oct. 5, 1962 WS 2 San Francisco Giants New York Yankees 9.0 W 2-0
17. Jack Scott 1 Oct. 6, 1922 WS 3 New York Giants New York Yankees 9.0 W 3-0
17. Jason Schmidt 1 Sep. 30, 2003 NLDS 1 San Francisco Giants Florida Marlins 9.0 W 2-0
17. Jerry Reuss 1 Oct. 11, 1981 NLDS 5 Los Angeles Dodgers Houston Astros 9.0 W 4-0
17. Jesse Haines 1 Oct. 5, 1926 WS 3 St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees 9.0 W 4-0
17. Jim Lonborg 1 Oct. 5, 1967 WS 2 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 5-0
17. Jimmy Ring 1 Oct. 4, 1919 WS 4 Cincinnati Reds Chicago White Sox 9.0 W 2-0
17. Joe Coleman 1 Oct. 10, 1972 ALCS 3 Detroit Tigers Oakland A’s 9.0 W 3-0
17. Joe McGinnity 1 Oct. 13, 1905 WS 4 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics 9.0 W 1-0
17. John Smoltz 1 Oct. 17, 1991 NLCS 7 Atlanta Braves Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 4-0
17. John Tudor 1 Oct. 23, 1985 WS 4 St. Louis Cardinals Kansas City Royals 9.0 W 3-0
17. Johnny Kucks 1 Oct. 10, 1956 WS 7 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 9.0 W 9-0
17. Johnny Podres 1 Oct. 4, 1955 WS 7 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 9.0 W 2-0
17. Johnny Sain 1 Oct. 6, 1948 WS 1 Boston Braves Cleveland Indians 9.0 W 1-0
17. Jon Matlack 1 Oct. 7, 1973 NLCS 2 New York Mets Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 5-0
17. Jose Lima 1 Oct. 9, 2004 NLDS 3 Los Angeles Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 4-0
17. Justin Verlander 1 Oct. 11, 2012 ALDS 5 Detroit Tigers Oakland A’s 9.0 W 6-0
17. Ken Holtzman 1 Oct. 6, 1974 ALCS 2 Oakland A’s Baltimore Orioles 9.0 W 5-0
17. Kevin Brown 1 Oct. 8, 1998 NLCS 2 San Diego Padres Atlanta Braves 9.0 W 3-0
17. Lon Warneke 1 Oct. 2, 1935 WS 1 Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 3-0
17. Luis Tiant 1 Oct. 11, 1975 WS 1 Boston Red Sox Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 6-0
17. Mike Boddicker 1 Oct. 6, 1983 ALCS 2 Baltimore Orioles Chicago White Sox 9.0 W 4-0
17. Mike Caldwell 1 Oct. 12, 1982 WS 1 Milwaukee Brewers St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 10-0
17. Mike Hampton 1 Oct. 16, 2000 NLCS 5 New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 7-0
17. Mike Norris 1 Oct. 6, 1981 ALDS 1 Oakland A’s Kansas City Royals 9.0 W 4-0
17. Mike Scott 1 Oct. 8, 1986 NLCS 1 Houston Astros New York Mets 9.0 W 1-0
17. Monte Pearson 1 Oct. 5, 1939 WS 2 New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 4-0
17. Mort Cooper 1 Oct. 8, 1944 WS 5 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Browns 9.0 W 2-0
17. Nelson Briles 1 Oct. 14, 1971 WS 5 Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles 9.0 W 4-0
17. Orval Overall 1 Oct. 14, 1908 WS 5 Chicago Cubs Detroit Tigers 9.0 W 2-0
17. Preacher Roe 1 Oct. 6, 1949 WS 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 9.0 W 1-0
17. Ralph Terry 1 Oct. 16, 1962 WS 7 New York Yankees San Francisco Giants 9.0 W 1-0
17. Ray Burris 1 Oct. 14, 1981 NLCS 2 Montreal Expos Los Angeles Dodgers 9.0 W 3-0
17. Roger Clemens 1 Oct. 14, 2000 ALCS 4 New York Yankees Seattle Mariners 9.0 W 5-0
17. Roy Halladay 1 Oct. 6, 2010 NLDS 1 Philadelphia Phillies Cincinnati Reds 9.0 W 4-0
17. Rube Benton 1 Oct. 10, 1971 WS 3 New York Giants Chicago White Sox 9.0 W 2-0
17. Spud Chandler 1 Oct. 11, 1943 WS 5 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals 9.0 W 2-0
17. Stan Coveleski 1 Oct. 12, 1920 WS 7 Cleveland Indians Brooklyn Dodgers 9.0 W 3-0
17. Steve Rogers 1 Oct. 11, 1981 NLDS 5 Montreal Expos Philadelphia Phillies 9.0 W 3-0
17. Tim Lincecum 1 Oct. 7, 2010 NLDS 1 San Francisco Giants Atlanta Braves 9.0 W 1-0
17. Tommy John 1 Oct. 5, 1978 NLCS 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies 9.0 W 4-0
17. Vic Raschi 1 Oct. 4, 1950 WS 1 New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies 9.0 W 1-0
17. Vida Blue 1 Oct. 8, 1974 ALCS 3 Oakland A’s Baltimore Orioles 9.0 W 1-0
17. Waite Hoyt 1 Oct. 6, 1921 WS 2 New York Yankees New York Giants 9.0 W 3-0
17. Wally Bunker 1 Oct. 8, 1966 WS 3 Baltimore Orioles Los Angeles Dodgers 9.0 W 1-0
17. Walter Johnson 1 Oct. 11, 1925 WS 4 Washington Senators I Pittsburgh Pirates 9.0 W 4-0
17. Warren Spahn 1 Oct. 5, 1958 WS 4 Milwaukee Braves New York Yankees 9.0 W 3-0

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