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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Posted on July 26, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great list that features the best of the best.

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