List of Major League Baseball career shutout leaders

In Major League Baseball, a shutout (denoted statistically as ShO or SHO) refers to the act by which a single pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow the opposing team to score a run. If two or more pitchers combine to complete this act, no pitcher is awarded a shutout, although the team itself can be said to have "shutout" the opposing team.

Walter Johnson is the all-time leader in shutouts with 110. Johnson also holds the record for being the only pitcher to throw more than 100 shutouts.

Walter Johnson by Charles Conlon, 1910s
Walter Johnson, the all-time leader in shutouts

Key

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

List

Rank Player SHO
1 Walter Johnson * 110
2 Grover Cleveland Alexander * 90
3 Christy Mathewson * 79
4 Cy Young * 76
5 Eddie Plank * 69
6 Warren Spahn * 63
7 Nolan Ryan * 61
Tom Seaver * 61
9 Bert Blyleven * 60
10 Don Sutton * 58
11 Pud Galvin * 57
Ed Walsh * 57
13 Bob Gibson * 56
14 Mordecai Brown * 55
Steve Carlton * 55
16 Jim Palmer * 53
Gaylord Perry * 53
18 Juan Marichal * 52
19 Rube Waddell * 50
Vic Willis * 50
21 Don Drysdale * 49
Ferguson Jenkins * 49
Luis Tiant 49
Early Wynn * 49
25 Kid Nichols * 48
Rank Player SHO
26 Roger Clemens 46
Tommy John 46
Jack Powell 46
29 Whitey Ford * 45
Addie Joss * 45
Phil Niekro * 45
Robin Roberts * 45
Red Ruffing * 45
Doc White 45
35 Babe Adams 44
Bob Feller * 44
37 Milt Pappas 43
38 Tommy Bond 42
Catfish Hunter * 42
Bucky Walters 42
41 Mickey Lolich 41
Hippo Vaughn 41
Mickey Welch * 41
44 Chief Bender * 40
Jim Bunning * 40
Larry French 40
Sandy Koufax * 40
Claude Osteen 40
Ed Reulbach 40
Mel Stottlemyre 40

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Bert Blyleven

Bert Blyleven (born Rik Aalbert Blijleven, April 6, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992. A renowned curveball pitcher, Blyleven was a two-time All-Star and World Series champion. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently, he is the color commentator for the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North.

Cy Young

Denton True "Cy" Young (March 29, 1867 – November 4, 1955) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. Born in Gilmore, Ohio, he worked on his family's farm as a youth before starting his professional baseball career. Young entered the major leagues in 1890 with the National League's Cleveland Spiders and pitched for them until 1898. He was then transferred to the St. Louis Cardinals franchise. In 1901, Young jumped to the American League and played for the Boston Red Sox franchise until 1908, helping them win the 1903 World Series. He finished his career with the Cleveland Naps and Boston Rustlers, retiring in 1911.

Young was one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game early in his career. After his speed diminished, he relied more on his control and remained effective into his forties. By the time Young retired, he had established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for over a century. He holds MLB records for the most career wins, with 511, along with most career innings pitched, games started, and complete games. He led his league in wins during five seasons and pitched three no-hitters, including a perfect game.

Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. In 1956, one year after his death, the Cy Young Award was created to honor the best pitcher in Major League Baseball for each season.

Kid Nichols

Charles Augustus "Kid" Nichols (September 14, 1869 – April 11, 1953) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played for the Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies from 1890 to 1906. A switch hitter who threw right-handed, he was listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 175 pounds (79 kg). He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nichols played minor league baseball for three teams until 1889, when he signed with the Boston Beaneaters. After making his debut the following season and spending 12 seasons with the Beaneaters, Nichols spent a two-year sojourn in the minor leagues. He was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1904 and subsequently played for the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom he finished his career in 1906. He is famous for being the youngest pitcher to join the 300 win club.

Pud Galvin

James Francis "Pud" Galvin (December 25, 1856 – March 7, 1902) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher in the 19th century. He was MLB's first 300-game winner and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1965.

Shutouts in baseball

In Major League Baseball, a shutout (denoted statistically as ShO or SHO) refers to the act by which a single pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow the opposing team to score a run. If two or more pitchers combine to complete this act, no pitcher is awarded a shutout, although the team itself can be said to have "shut out" the opposing team.

The ultimate single achievement among pitchers is a perfect game, which has been accomplished 23 times in over 135 years, most recently by Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners on August 15, 2012. By definition, a perfect game is counted as a shutout. A no-hitter completed by one pitcher is also a shutout unless the opposing team manages to score through a series of errors, base on balls, catcher's interferences, dropped third strikes, or hit batsmen. The all-time career leader in shutouts is Walter Johnson, who pitched for the Washington Senators from 1907–1927. He accumulated 110 shutouts, which is 20 more than the second place leader, Pete Alexander. The most shutouts recorded in one season was 16, which was a feat accomplished by both Pete Alexander (1916) and George Bradley (1876). These records are considered among the most secure records in baseball, because pitchers today rarely earn more than one or two shutouts per season with a heavy emphasis on pitch count and relief pitching. Complete games themselves have also become rare among starting pitchers.

The current leader among active players for career shutouts is Clayton Kershaw, who has thrown 15.

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