SO/WH Leaders
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Annual Leaders Top 50 SO/WH  -  All-Time
N.L. Indv/Lg N.L. Indv/Lg
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index Rank Year Pitcher Team Age  SO/WH  SO/WH Index
1876 Tommy Bond HAR 20 .239 .107 2.234 1 2001 Randy Johnson ARI 37 1.424 .562 2.534
2 1997 Pedro Martinez MON 25 1.356 .571 2.375
1877 Tommy Bond BOS 21 .300 .182 1.648 3 1965 Sandy Koufax LA 29 1.329 .530 2.508
4 1999 Randy Johnson ARI 35 1.314 .495 2.655
1878 Monte Ward PRO 18 .339 .286 1.185 5 2004 Randy Johnson ARI 40 1.312 .546 2.403
6 2002 Curt Schilling ARI 35 1.270 .541 2.348
1879 Bill McGunnigle BUF 24 .484 .275 1.760 7 2000 Randy Johnson ARI 36 1.248 .512 2.438
8 2002 Randy Johnson ARI 38 1.246 .541 2.303
1880 Larry Corcoran CHI 20 .533 .318 1.676 9 1986 Mike Scott HOU 31 1.205 .504 2.391
10 1997 Curt Schilling PHI 30 1.199 .571 2.100
1881 George Derby DET 23 .358 .255 1.404 11 1984 Dwight Gooden NY 19 1.179 .478 2.467
12 1995 Hideo Nomo LA 26 1.168 .535 2.183
1882 Bobby Mathews BOS 30 .510 .312 1.635 13 1998 Kerry Wood CHI 21 1.153 .548 2.104
14 1962 Sandy Koufax LA 26 1.140 .464 2.457
1883 Jim Whitney BOS 25 .655 .346 1.893 15 1980 J.R. Richard HOU 30 1.133 .417 2.717
16 2004 Ben Sheets MIL 25 1.133 .546 2.075
1884 Jim Whitney BOS 26 .902 .467 1.931 17 1963 Sandy Koufax LA 27 1.125 .536 2.099
18 1987 Nolan Ryan HOU 40 1.120 .479 2.338
1885 Lady Baldwin DET 26 .820 .377 2.175 19 2009 Tim Lincecum SF 25 1.106 .573 1.930
20 2003 Curt Schilling ARI 36 1.102 .535 2.060
1886 Lady Baldwin DET 27 .686 .408 1.681 21 1996 John Smoltz ATL 29 1.087 .535 2.032
22 2002 Mark Prior CHI 21 1.081 .541 1.998
1887 John Clarkson CHI 25 .393 .242 1.624 23 1971 Tom Seaver NY 26 1.075 .480 2.240
24 1964 Sandy Koufax LA 28 1.073 .521 2.060
1888 Tim Keefe NY 31 .818 .375 2.181 25 1995 Greg Maddux ATL 29 1.065 .535 1.991
26 2001 Curt Schilling ARI 34 1.062 .562 1.890
1889 Tim Keefe NY 32 .454 .262 1.733 T27 2004 Oliver Perez PIT 22 1.058 .546 1.938
T27 2009 Javier Vazquez ATL 32 1.058 .573 1.846
1890 Amos Rusie NY 19 .471 .305 1.544 29 2003 Kerry Wood CHI 26 1.056 .535 1.974
30 2003 Mark Prior CHI 22 1.052 .535 1.966
1891 Amos Rusie NY 20 .516 .272 1.897 31 2003 Jason Schmidt SF 30 1.051 .535 1.964
32 2004 Jason Schmidt SF 31 1.037 .546 1.899
1892 Amos Rusie NY 21 .429 .285 1.505 33 1968 Bob Gibson STL 32 1.031 .567 1.818
34 2008 Tim Lincecum SF 24 1.027 .563 1.824
1893 Amos Rusie NY 22 .311 .158 1.968 35 2005 Jake Peavy SD 24 1.019 .527 1.934
36 2007 Jake Peavy SD 26 1.013 .514 1.971
1894 Amos Rusie NY 23 .311 .149 2.087 T37 1998 Curt Schilling PHI 31 1.010 .548 1.843
T37 2005 Pedro Martinez NY 33 1.010 .527 1.917
1895 Amos Rusie NY 24 .370 .170 2.176 39 1985 Dwight Gooden NY 20 1.004 .468 2.145
40 2006 Ben Sheets MIL 27 1.000 .524 1.908
N.L. Indv/Lg N.L. Indv/Lg
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index Rank Year Pitcher Team Age  SO/WH  SO/WH Index
1896 Arlie Pond BAL 24 .276 .175 1.577 41 1966 Sandy Koufax LA 30 .997 .526 1.895
42 1988 Jose Rijo CIN 23 .992 .509 1.949
1897 Cy Seymour NY 24 .356 .185 1.924 43 2001 Kerry Wood CHI 24 .991 .562 1.763
44 1982 Mario Soto CIN 25 .989 .451 2.193
1898 Cy Seymour NY 25 .453 .202 2.243 45 2001 Roy Oswalt HOU 23 .985 .562 1.753
46 1979 J.R. Richard HOU 29 .984 .416 2.365
1899 Noodles Hahn CIN 20 .416 .177 2.350 47 1963 Jim Maloney CIN 23 .978 .536 1.825
48 2008 C.C. Sabathia MIL 27 .977 .563 1.735
1900 Rube Waddell PIT 23 .562 .201 2.796 49 2009 Dan Haren ARI 28 .970 .573 1.693
50 1983 Jose DeLeon PIT 22 .967 .460 2.102
1901 Christy Mathewson NY 22 .573 .348 1.647
1902 Doc White PHI 23 .532 .329 1.617
Top 50 SO/WH Indv/Lg Index  -  All-Time
1903 Christy Mathewson NY 24 .635 .296 2.145
N.L. Indv/Lg
1904 Christy Mathewson NY 25 .553 .320 1.728 Rank Year Pitcher Team Age  SO/WH  SO/WH Index
1 1924 Dazzy Vance BRO 33 .818 .227 3.604
1905 Christy Mathewson NY 26 .650 .330 1.970 2 1925 Dazzy Vance BRO 34 .706 .224 3.152
3 1928 Dazzy Vance BRO 37 .674 .231 2.918
1906 Jack Pfeister CHI 28 .651 .355 1.834 4 1900 Rube Waddell PIT 23 .562 .201 2.796
5 1980 J.R. Richard HOU 30 1.133 .417 2.717
1907 Christy Mathewson NY 28 .590 .333 1.772 6 1926 Dazzy Vance BRO 35 .614 .227 2.705
7 1999 Randy Johnson ARI 35 1.314 .495 2.655
1908 Christy Mathewson NY 29 .791 .335 2.361 8 1930 Dazzy Vance BRO 39 .602 .234 2.573
9 2001 Randy Johnson ARI 37 1.424 .562 2.534
1909 Orval Overall CHI 28 .722 .355 2.034 10 1965 Sandy Koufax LA 29 1.329 .530 2.508
11 1927 Dazzy Vance BRO 36 .595 .241 2.469
1910 Louis Drucke NY 21 .591 .329 1.796 12 1984 Dwight Gooden NY 19 1.179 .478 2.467
13 1962 Sandy Koufax LA 26 1.140 .464 2.457
1911 Rube Marquard NY 24 .728 .339 2.147 14 2000 Randy Johnson ARI 36 1.248 .512 2.438
15 2004 Randy Johnson ARI 40 1.312 .546 2.403
1912 Grover Alexander PHI 25 .494 .329 1.502 16 1986 Mike Scott HOU 31 1.205 .504 2.391
17 1997 Pedro Martinez MON 25 1.356 .571 2.375
1913 Rube Marquard NY 26 .509 .337 1.510 18 1979 J.R. Richard HOU 29 .984 .416 2.365
19 1908 Christy Mathewson NY 29 .791 .335 2.361
1914 Grover Alexander PHI 27 .530 .352 1.506 20 1899 Noodles Hahn CIN 20 .416 .177 2.350
21 2002 Curt Schilling ARI 35 1.270 .541 2.348
1915 Grover Alexander PHI 28 .761 .361 2.108 22 1923 Dazzy Vance BRO 32 .539 .230 2.343
23 1987 Nolan Ryan HOU 40 1.120 .479 2.338
N.L. Indv/Lg N.L. Indv/Lg
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index Rank Year Pitcher Team Age  SO/WH  SO/WH Index
1916 Larry Cheney BRO 30 .586 .382 1.534 24 2002 Randy Johnson ARI 38 1.246 .541 2.303
25 1933 Dizzy Dean STL 23 .596 .263 2.266
1917 Hippo Vaughn CHI 29 .562 .348 1.615 26 1898 Cy Seymour NY 25 .453 .202 2.243
27 1971 Tom Seaver NY 26 1.075 .480 2.240
1918 Hippo Vaughn CHI 30 .505 .266 1.898 28 1941 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 26 .684 .306 2.235
29 1876 Tommy Bond HAR 20 .239 .107 2.234
1919 Grover Alexander CHI 32 .555 .288 1.927 30 1982 Mario Soto CIN 25 .989 .451 2.193
31 1942 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 27 .641 .193 2.188
1920 Al Mamaux BRO 26 .444 .266 1.669 32 1995 Hideo Nomo LA 26 1.168 .535 2.183
33 1888 Tim Keefe NY 31 .818 .375 2.181
1921 Burleigh Grimes BRO 27 .356 .224 1.589 34 1895 Amos Rusie NY 24 .370 .170 2.176
35 1885 Lady Baldwin DET 26 .820 .377 2.175
1922 Dazzy Vance BRO 31 .391 .207 1.889 36 1911 Rube Marquard NY 24 .728 .339 2.147
37 1985 Dwight Gooden NY 20 1.004 .468 2.145
1923 Dazzy Vance BRO 32 .539 .230 2.343 38 1903 Christy Mathewson NY 24 .635 .296 2.145
39 1978 J.R. Richard HOU 28 .910 .427 2.131
1924 Dazzy Vance BRO 33 .818 .227 3.604 40 1931 Carl Hubbell NY 28 .554 .261 2.123
41 1931 Dazzy Vance BRO 40 .551 .261 2.111
1925 Dazzy Vance BRO 34 .706 .224 3.152 42 1915 Grover Alexander PHI 28 .761 .361 2.108
43 1998 Kerry Wood CHI 21 1.153 .548 2.104
1926 Dazzy Vance BRO 35 .614 .227 2.705 44 1983 Jose DeLeon PIT 22 .967 .460 2.102
45 1997 Curt Schilling PHI 30 1.199 .571 2.100
1927 Dazzy Vance BRO 36 .595 .241 2.469 46 1963 Sandy Koufax LA 27 1.125 .536 2.099
47 1894 Amos Rusie NY 23 .311 .149 2.087
1928 Dazzy Vance BRO 37 .674 .231 2.918 48 1945 Preacher Roe PIT 30 .535 .257 2.082
49 1930 Bill Hallahan STL 27 .486 .234 2.077
1929 Pat Malone CHI 26 .444 .221 2.009 50 2004 Ben Sheets MIL 25 1.133 .546 2.075
1930 Dazzy Vance BRO 39 .602 .234 2.573
Note: League leaders SO/WH is bolded.
1931 Carl Hubbell NY 28 .554 .261 2.123
1932 Dizzy Dean STL 22 .464 .260 1.785
SO/WH Leaders age 22 or younger
1933 Dizzy Dean STL 23 .596 .263 2.266
N.L. Indv/Lg
1934 Paul Dean STL 20 .553 .297 1.862 Year Pitcher Team Age  SO/WH  SO/WH Index
1878 Monte Ward PRO 18 .339 .286 1.185
1935 Van Lingle Mungo BRO 24 .554 .283 1.958 1890 Amos Rusie NY 19 .471 .305 1.544
1984 Dwight Gooden NY 19 1.179 .478 2.467
N.L. Indv/Lg 1876 Tommy Bond HAR 20 .239 .107 2.234
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index 1880 Larry Corcoran CHI 20 .533 .318 1.676
1936 Van Lingle Mungo BRO 25 .589 .289 2.038 1891 Amos Rusie NY 20 .516 .272 1.897
1899 Noodles Hahn CIN 20 .416 .177 2.350
1937 Van Lingle Mungo BRO 26 .614 .314 1.955 1934 Paul Dean STL 20 .553 .297 1.862
1981 Fernando Valenzuela LA 20 .896 .452 1.982
1938 Carl Hubbell NY 35 .508 .283 1.795 1985 Dwight Gooden NY 20 1.004 .468 2.145
1877 Tommy Bond BOS 21 .300 .182 1.648
1939 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 24 .447 .270 1.656 1892 Amos Rusie NY 21 .429 .285 1.505
1910 Louis Drucke NY 21 .591 .329 1.796
1940 Whit Wyatt BRO 32 .420 .288 1.458 1969 Tom Griffin HOU 21 .803 .547 1.468
1998 Kerry Wood CHI 21 1.153 .548 2.104
1941 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 26 .684 .306 2.235 1893 Amos Rusie NY 22 .311 .158 1.968
1901 Christy Mathewson NY 22 .573 .348 1.647
1942 Johnny Vander Meer CIN 27 .641 .293 2.188 1932 Dizzy Dean STL 22 .464 .260 1.785
1943 Howie Pollet STL 22 .518 .284 1.824
1943 Howie Pollet STL 22 .518 .284 1.824 1983 Jose DeLeon PIT 22 .967 .460 2.102
2010 Mat Latos SD 22 .945 .594 1.591
1944 Max Lanier STL 28 .519 .276 1.880
1945 Preacher Roe PIT 30 .535 .257 2.082
SO/WH Leaders age 35 or older
1946 Kirby Higbe BRO 31 .480 .305 1.574
N.L. Indv/Lg
1947 Ewell Blackwell CIN 24 .606 .306 1.980 Year Pitcher Team Age  SO/WH  SO/WH Index
1987 Nolan Ryan HOU 40 1.120 .479 2.338
1948 Ewell Blackwell CIN 25 .607 .316 1.921 2004 Randy Johnson ARI 40 1.312 .546 2.403
1930 Dazzy Vance BRO 39 .602 .234 2.573
1949 Don Newcombe BRO 23 .511 .297 1.721 1928 Dazzy Vance BRO 37 .674 .231 2.918
2001 Randy Johnson ARI 37 1.424 .562 2.534
1950 Ewell Blackwell CIN 27 .591 .343 1.723 1927 Dazzy Vance BRO 36 .595 .241 2.469
2000 Randy Johnson ARI 36 1.248 .512 2.438
1951 Don Newcombe BRO 25 .498 .322 1.547 2003 Curt Schilling ARI 36 1.102 .535 2.060
1926 Dazzy Vance BRO 35 .614 .227 2.705
1952 Curt Simmons PHI 23 .588 .367 1.602 1938 Carl Hubbell NY 35 .508 .283 1.795
1967 Jim Bunning PHI 35 .806 .553 1.458
1953 Carl Erskine BRO 26 .609 .368 1.655 1999 Randy Johnson ARI 35 1.314 .495 2.655
2002 Curt Schilling ARI 35 1.270 .541 2.348
1954 Harvey Haddix STL 28 .567 .342 1.658
1955 Willard Schmidt STL 27 .588 .378 1.556
SO/WH Leaders Age Distribution
N.L. Indv/Lg
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index Age No.
1956 Sam Jones CHI 30 .632 .391 1.616 18   1
19   2
1957 Jack Sanford PHI 28 .653 .404 1.616 20   7
21   5
1958 Sam Jones STL 32 .723 .400 1.808 22   6
23   9
1959 Sandy Koufax LA 23 .755 .441 1.712 24  12
25  13
1960 Sandy Koufax LA 24 .847 .467 1.814 26  15
27  10
1961 Sandy Koufax LA 25 .873 .442 1.975 28  13
29   7
1962 Sandy Koufax LA 26 1.140 .464 2.457 30   8
31   5
1963 Sandy Koufax LA 27 1.125 .536 2.099 32   7
33   1
1964 Sandy Koufax LA 28 1.073 .521 2.060 34   1
35   5
1965 Sandy Koufax LA 29 1.329 .530 2.508 36   3
37   2
1966 Sandy Koufax LA 30 .997 .526 1.895 38     -  
39   1
1967 Jim Bunning PHI 35 .806 .553 1.458 40   2
1968 Bob Gibson STL 32 1.031 .567 1.818
1969 Tom Griffin HOU 21 .803 .547 1.468 SO/WH Leaders by Frequency
1970 Tom Seaver NY 25 .901 .496 1.817 Pitcher No.
Sandy Koufax   8
1971 Tom Seaver NY 26 1.075 .480 2.240 Dazzy Vance   8
Tom Seaver   7
1972 Steve Carlton PHI 27 .901 .505 1.784 Christy Mathewson   6
Amos Rusie   6
1973 Tom Seaver NY 28 .887 .461 1.924 Grover Alexander   4
Randy Johnson   4
1974 Tom Seaver NY 29 .734 .439 1.672 Ewell Blackwell   3
David Cone   3
1975 Tom Seaver NY 30 .797 .437 1.824 Van Lingle Mungo   3
J.R. Richard   3
N.L. Indv/Lg Johnny Vander Meer   3
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index
1976 Tom Seaver NY 31 .819 .424 1.932
1977 Tom Seaver NY/CIN 32 .740 .439 1.686 SO/WH Leaders by Team
1978 J.R. Richard HOU 28 .910 .427 2.131 Team No.
Brooklyn/L.A. Dodgers  29
1979 J.R. Richard HOU 29 .984 .416 2.365 New York/S.F. Giants  23
New York Mets  12
1980 J.R. Richard HOU 30 1.133 .417 2.717 Chicago Cubs  10
Cincinnati Reds  10
1981 Fernando Valenzuela LA 20 .896 .452 1.982 St. Louis Cardinals   9
Philadelphia Phillies   8
1982 Mario Soto CIN 25 .989 .451 2.193 Houston Astros   6
Arizona Diamondbacks   6
1983 Jose DeLeon PIT 22 .967 .460 2.102 Bos/Mil/Atl Braves   5
San Diego Padres   4
1984 Dwight Gooden NY 19 1.179 .478 2.467 Pittsburgh Pirates   3
Milwaukee Brewers   1
1985 Dwight Gooden NY 20 1.004 .468 2.145 Mon Expos/Was Nationals   1
Split Teams   1
1986 Mike Scott HOU 31 1.205 .504 2.391
Defunct franchises -
1987 Nolan Ryan HOU 40 1.120 .479 2.338 Detroit Wolverines   3
Buffalo Bisons   1
1988 Jose Rijo CIN 23 .992 .509 1.949 Hartford Dark Blues   1
Providence Grays   1
1989 Sid Fernandez NY 26 .855 .488 1.752 Baltimore Orioles   1
1990 David Cone NY 27 .963 .488 1.973
1991 David Cone NY 28 .870 .511 1.703
1992 David Cone NY 29 .877 .506 1.733
1993 Jose Rijo CIN 28 .811 .469 1.729
1994 Andy Benes SD 26 .917 .528 1.737
1995 Hideo Nomo LA 26 1.168 .535 2.183
N.L. Indv/Lg
Year Pitcher Team Age SO/WH SO/WH Index
1996 John Smoltz ATL 29 1.087 .535 2.032
1997 Pedro Martinez MON 25 1.356 .571 2.375
1998 Kerry Wood CHI 21 1.153 .548 2.104
1999 Randy Johnson ARI 35 1.314 .495 2.655
2000 Randy Johnson ARI 36 1.248 .512 2.438
2001 Randy Johnson ARI 37 1.424 .562 2.534
2002 Curt Schilling ARI 35 1.270 .541 2.348
2003 Curt Schilling ARI 36 1.102 .535 2.060
2004 Randy Johnson ARI 40 1.312 .546 2.403
2005 Jake Peavy SD 24 1.019 .527 1.934
2006 Ben Sheets MIL 27 1.000 .524 1.908
2007 Jake Peavy SD 26 1.013 .514 1.971
2008 Tim Lincecum SF 24 1.027 .563 1.824
2009 Tim Lincecum SF 25 1.106 .573 1.930
2010 Mat Latos SD 22 .945 .594 1.591
For an explanation of Win/Start Pct, see Starting Pitchers Tables Guide
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Sources:
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