Orel Hershiser, Clayton Kershaw and the Longest Scoreless Innings Pitched Streaks in Baseball History

Orel Hershiser Holds The Record With 59 Straight Scoreless Innings Pitched

Orel Hershiser Holds The Record With 59 Straight Scoreless Innings Pitched

Clayton Kershaw is currently riding a 36-inning scoreless streak, not enough to make today’s lists – but he’s pitching tonight and could make his mark on either the National League or Overall rankings of pitchers with the longest scoreless innings pitched streaks of all time.

Kershaw’s fellow Los Angeles Dodger, Orel Hershiser holds the all time record of 59 consecutive innings (1988) without giving up either an earned or unearned run. It’s quite a record, many think near unbreakable.

Only four pitchers in history – Hershiser, another Dodger, Don Drysdale, and old-timers Walter Johnson and Jack Coombs – breached the 50 consecutive scoreless innings barrier.

Even if Kershaw pitches a complete game shutout tonight, he’ll still need another 14 innings – likely two outings – to catch Hershiser.

Take a look below at the 10 longest scoreless innings pitched streaks in baseball history, courtesy baseball-almanac.com, first overall and then broken down by league.

UPDATED LIST: Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 scoreless innings streak ended at 41.

OVERALL

  PITCHER TEAM LEAGUE CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS IP SEASON
1. Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers NL 59.0 1988
2. Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers NL 58.0 1968
3. Walter Johnson Washington Senators AL 55.2 1913
4. Jack Coombs Philadelphia Athletics AL 53.0 1910
5. Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals NL 47.0 1968
6. Carl Hubbell New York Giants NL 45.1 1933
7. Cy Young Boston Americans AL 45.0 1904
7. Doc White Chicago White Sox AL 45.0 1904
7. Sal Maglie New York Giants NL 45.0 1950
10. R.A. Dickey New York Mets NL 44.2 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PITCHER TEAM LEAGUE CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS IP SEASON
1. Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers NL 59.0 1988
2. Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers NL 58.0 1968
3. Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals NL 47.0 1968
4. Carl Hubbell New York Giants NL 45.1 1933
5. Sal Maglie New York Giants NL 45.0 1950
6. R.A. Dickey New York Mets NL 44.2 2012
7. Ed Reulbach Chicago Cubs NL 44.0 1908
8. Brandon Webb Arizona Diamondbacks NL 42.0 2007
9. Jack Chesbro Pittsburgh Pirates NL 41.0 1902
9. Grover Cleveland Alexander Philadelphia Phillies NL 41.0 1911
9. Art Nehf Boston Braves NL 41.0 1917
9. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers NL 41.0 2014

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PITCHER TEAM LEAGUE CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS IP SEASON
1. Walter Johnson Washington Senators AL 55.2 1913
2. Jack Coombs Philadelphia Athletics AL 53.0 1910
3. Cy Young Boston Americans AL 45.0 1904
3. Doc White Chicago White Sox AL 45.0 1904
5. Rube Waddell Philadelphia Athletics AL 43.2 1905
6. Rube Foster Boston Red Sox AL 42.0 1914
7. Ted Lyons Chicago White Sox AL 41.0 1926
7. Luis Tiant Cleveland Indians AL 41.0 1968
9. Walter Johnson Washington Senators AL 40.0 1918
9. Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox AL 40.0 1972

Note: These rankings reflect regular season games only.

Photo: Tom Gannan / AP via latimes.com

Posted on July 10, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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