BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Strikeouts

Major League Baseball

Jim BunningIn the second pitching category of the record book we’ll look at strikeouts. Once again the single-season record book is pretty one-sided, but Brandon Webb has a chance to crack it in the coming years if he rebounds from shoulder surgery. Remember we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which limits the record book to players born in Kentucky.

Career Strikeouts Leaders

  1. Jim Bunning — 1955-1971 — 2855
  2. Gus Weyhing — 1887-1901 — 1665
  3. Woodie Fryman — 1966-1983 — 1587
  4. Paul Derringer — 1931-1945 — 1507
  5. Don Robinson — 1978-1992 — 1251

Single-Season Strikeouts Leaders

  1. Bunning — 1965 — 268
  2. Bunning — 1967 — 253
  3. Bunning — 1966 — 252
  4. Bunning — 1964 — 219;¬†Weyhing — 1891 — 219
  5. Weyhing — 1889 — 213

Notes: Sen. Bunning and Weyhing are the only Kentucky-born pitchers to record 200 strikeouts in a season. In addition to the six seasons above, Bunning also struck out 201 batters in 1959 and 1960 (he lead the league both seasons), and Weyhing struck out 204 in 1888 and 202 in 1892. ¬†Brandon Webb is the only other Kentucky-born pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts in a career, and he struck out 194 in 2007. Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton also has a chance to crack the 1,000 strikeouts plateau with 364 more K’s.