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Every Pitcher With 300 Strikeouts In A Season

Updated October 11, 2019 1.9k votes 250 voters 3.9k views19 items

List RulesVote up the pitchers with 300-strikeout seasons based on their ability to get Ks.

Every pitcher with 300 strikeouts in a season is part of an elite club. Throughout the history of MLB, only 19 pitchers have accomplished the amazing feat of striking out 300 batters in a season. Most of the pitchers on this list are among the best pitchers in the history of the sport, and they were all — for either a season or their entire careers — among the top strikeout pitchers.

Pitchers like Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax are synonymous with strikeouts, and of course, Nolan Ryan, who holds the record for most strikeouts by a pitcher in a season and a career, has six 300-strikeout seasons. Astros teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander joined the ranks in 2019 with career years and are among more recent pitchers such as Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale to strike out 300 batters.

But which of these pitchers is the most fearsome strikeout pitcher in the club? Which of these 300-strikeout pitchers is among the best strikeout pitchers of all time? Vote up the top pitchers with 300 strikeout seasons, and check back to see who else might join the list in the future.

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  • Career strikeouts: 5,714 (major league record)

    300-strikeout season(s)
    1972 - 329 Ks
    1973 - 383 Ks (major league record)
    1974 - 367 Ks
    1976 - 327 Ks
    1977 - 341 Ks
    1989 - 301 Ks

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  • Career strikeouts: 4,875

    300-strikeout season(s)
    1993 - 308 Ks
    1998 - 329 Ks
    1999 - 364 Ks
    2000 - 347 Ks
    2001 - 372 Ks
    2002 - 334 Ks

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    7
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  • Sandy Koufax
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    Career strikeouts: 2,396

    300-strikeout season(s)
    1963 - 306 Ks
    1965 - 382 Ks
    1966 - 317 Ks

    112
    18
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  • Career strikeouts: 3,509

    300-strikeout season(s)
    1910 - 313 Ks
    1912 - 303 Ks

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    27
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