List of Major League Baseball career complete games leaders

In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game without the benefit of a relief pitcher.[1] A pitcher who meets this criterion will be credited with a complete game regardless of the number of innings played - pitchers who throw an entire official game that is shortened by rain will still be credited with a complete game, while starting pitchers who are relieved in extra innings after throwing nine or more innings will not be credited with a complete game. A starting pitcher who is replaced by a pinch hitter in the final half inning of a game will still be credited with a complete game.

Cy Young is the all-time leader in complete games with 749 and the only player to complete more than 700 games. Pud Galvin is second all-time with 646 career complete games and the only other player to complete more than 600 games.

Cy Young 1 MLB HOF
Cy Young, the all-time leader in complete games.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career complete games. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of the player.
CG Total career complete games.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

List

Rank Player CG
1 Cy Young * 749
2 Pud Galvin * 646
3 Tim Keefe * 554
4 Kid Nichols * 532
5 Walter Johnson * 531
6 Bobby Mathews 525
Mickey Welch * 525
8 Charles Radbourn * 488
9 John Clarkson * 485
10 Tony Mullane 468
11 Jim McCormick 466
12 Gus Weyhing 449
13 Grover Cleveland Alexander * 436
14 Christy Mathewson * 435
15 Jack Powell 422
16 Eddie Plank * 410
17 Will White 394
18 Amos Rusie * 393
19 Vic Willis * 388
20 Tommy Bond 386
21 Warren Spahn * 382
22 Jim Whitney 377
23 Adonis Terry 367
24 Ted Lyons * 356
25 George Mullin 353
26 Charlie Buffinton 351
27 Chick Fraser 342
28 Clark Griffith * 337
29 Red Ruffing * 335
30 Silver King 328
31 Al Orth 324
32 Bill Hutchinson 321
33 Burleigh Grimes * 314
Joe McGinnity * 314
35 Red Donahue 312
Guy Hecker 312
37 Bill Dinneen 306
38 Robin Roberts * 305
39 Gaylord Perry * 303
40 George Bradley 302
41 Ted Breitenstein 301
42 Bob Caruthers 298
Lefty Grove * 298
44 Pink Hawley 297
Ed Morris 297
46 Mark Baldwin 295
47 Brickyard Kennedy 294
48 Eppa Rixey * 290
49 Bill Donovan 289
Early Wynn * 289
Rank Player CG
51 Bert Cunningham 287
52 Wilbur Cooper 279
Bob Feller * 279
Sadie McMahon 279
Al Spalding * 279
Jack Taylor 279
57 Jack Stivetts 278
58 Pretzels Getzien 277
59 Red Faber * 273
60 Mordecai Brown * 271
Frank Dwyer 271
62 Jouett Meekin 270
63 Fergie Jenkins * 267
64 Ice Box Chamberlain 264
Matt Kilroy 264
Jesse Tannehill 264
67 Doc White 262
68 Rube Waddell * 261
69 Jack Chesbro * 260
Red Ehret 260
Carl Hubbell * 260
72 Larry Corcoran 256
73 Chief Bender * 255
Bob Gibson * 255
75 Steve Carlton * 254
76 Frank Killen 253
Win Mercer 253
78 Paul Derringer 251
79 Sad Sam Jones 250
Ed Walsh * 250
81 Eddie Cicotte 249
Herb Pennock * 249
Stump Wiedman 249
84 Bobo Newsom 246
85 Hooks Dauss 245
Phil Niekro * 245
John Montgomery Ward * 245
88 Harry Howell 244
Juan Marichal * 244
90 Jack Quinn 243
91 Bert Blyleven * 242
Deacon Phillippe 242
Bucky Walters 242
94 Sam Leever 241
95 Kid Gleason 240
96 Addie Joss * 234
97 Candy Cummings * 233
98 Harry Staley 232
George Uhle 232
100 Carl Mays 231
Tom Seaver * 231

Sources

References

  1. ^ Dickson, Paul (1999). The new Dickson baseball dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-15-600580-7. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
Ice Box Chamberlain

Elton P. "Ice Box" Chamberlain (November 5, 1867 – September 22, 1929) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in Major League Baseball for ten seasons between 1886 and 1896. In several seasons, Chamberlain finished in his league's top ten in a number of pitching categories, including wins, earned run average, strikeouts, and shutouts. During one of his best seasons, the 1888 St. Louis Browns won the American Association pennant with a 92–43 record. Although a righthanded pitcher, Chamberlain pitched the last two innings of an 1888 game with his left hand.

Chamberlain finished his major league career with 264 complete games out of his 301 games started. After his playing days, he was hired as a baseball umpire and later announced that he was becoming a boxer, but neither venture seems to have worked out. Not much is known about Chamberlain's later life. He died in Baltimore in 1929.

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