MLB: Most Times Leading the League in Strikeouts (Pitchers)
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).
|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)
|New York Yankees||1933, 1934, 1937|
|4.||Randy Johnson (L)
|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)
|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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