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Tom Cheney, pitching for the Washington Senators. He struck out 21 Baltimore Orioles in a 16 inning complete game victory September 12th 1962.

Since then, Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood are currently tied. Clemens struck out 20 in a game in both 1986 and 1996. Wood struck out 20 in a game in 1998. Randy Johnson struck out 20 over nine innings in a game during the 2001 season, but is not recognized as a record-holder because he was removed from the game which took 11 innings to complete.

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In the Major Leagues:

As a Pitcher:

CAREER

STRIKEOUTS SO

1 Nolan Ryan 5714

2 Roger Clemens 4672

3 Randy Johnson 4616

4 Steve Carlton 4136

5 Bert Blyleven 3701

6 Tom Seaver 3640

7 Don Sutton 3574

8 Gaylord Perry 3534

9 Walter Johnson 3509

10 Phil Niekro 3342

As a Hitter:

CAREER

STRIKEOUTS SO

1 Reggie Jackson 2597

2 Sammy Sosa 2306

3 Jim Thome 2043

4 Andres Galarraga 2003

5 Jose Canseco 1942

6 Willie Stargell 1936

7 Mike Schmidt 1883

8 Fred McGriff 1882

9 Tony Perez 1867

10 Dave Kingman 1816 Mark Reynolds of the Arizona Diamondbacks holds the MLB record for striking out in a season with 204 strikeouts in 2008.

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Here's the all-time list as of the start of the 2008 season:

CAREER

STRIKEOUTS SO

1 Nolan Ryan 5714

2 Roger Clemens 4672

3 Randy Johnson 4616

4 Steve Carlton 4136

5 Bert Blyleven 3701

6 Tom Seaver 3640

7 Don Sutton 3574

8 Gaylord Perry 3534

9 Walter Johnson 3509

10 Phil Niekro 3342

11 Greg Maddux 3273

12 Ferguson Jenkins 3192

13 Bob Gibson 3117

14 Curt Schilling 3116

15 Pedro Martinez 3030

16 John Smoltz 2975

17 Jim Bunning 2855

18 Mickey Lolich 2832

19 Cy Young 2802

20 Frank Tanana 2773

21 David Cone 2668

22 Mike Mussina 2663

23 Chuck Finley 2610

24 Warren Spahn 2583

25 Bob Feller 2581

26 Tom Glavine 2570

27 Jerry Koosman 2556

28 Tim Keefe 2521

29 Christy Mathewson 2502

30 Don Drysdale 2486

31 Jack Morris 2478

32 Mark Langston 2464

33 Jim Kaat 2461

34 Sam McDowell 2453

35 Luis Tiant 2416

36 Dennis Eckersley 2401

37 Kevin Brown 2397

38 Sandy Koufax 2396

39 Charlie Hough 2362

40 Robin Roberts 2357

41 Early Wynn 2334

42 Rube Waddell 2316

43 Juan Marichal 2303

44 Dwight Gooden 2293

45 Lefty Grove 2266

46 Eddie Plank 2246

47 Tommy John 2245

48 Jim Palmer 2212

49 David Wells 2201

50 Grover C Alexander 2198

51 Vida Blue 2175

52 Camilo Pascual 2167

53 Dennis Martinez 2149

54 Jamie Moyer 2125

55 Bobo Newsom 2082

56 Fernando Valenzuela 2074

57 Dazzy Vance 2045

58 Rick Reuschel 2015

59 Orel Hershiser 2014

60 Catfish Hunter 2012

61 Andy Benes 2000

62 Billy Pierce 1999

63 Kevin Appier 1994

64 Red Ruffing 1987

65 John Clarkson 1978

66 Al Leiter 1974

67 Bob Welch 1969

68 Whitey Ford 1956

69 Bobby Witt 1955

70 Danny Darwin 1942

71 Amos Rusie 1934

72 Hideo Nomo 1915

73 Jerry Reuss 1907

74 Tom Gordon 1902

75 Kenny Rogers 1886

76 Kid Nichols 1868

77 Mickey Welch 1850

T78 Andy Pettitte 1844

T78 Frank Viola 1844

80 Old Hoss Radbourn 1830

81 Javier Vazquez 1815

82 Tony Mullane 1803

83 Pud Galvin 1799

84 Hal Newhouser 1796

85 Tim Wakefield 1790

86 Ron Guidry 1778

87 John Burkett 1766

88 Rudy May 1760

89 Jason Schmidt 1750

90 Joe Niekro 1747

91 Sid Fernandez 1743

92 Dave Stewart 1741

93 Ed Walsh 1736

94 Tom Candiotti 1735

95 Bob Friend 1734

T96 Milt Pappas 1728

T96 Joe Coleman 1728

98 Kevin Gross 1727

99 Floyd Bannister 1723

100 Bret Saberhagen 1715

101 Chief Bender 1711

102 Larry Jackson 1709

103 Jim McCormick 1704

104 Bob Veale 1703

105 Red Ames 1702

106 Charlie Buffinton 1700

107 Curt Simmons 1697

108 Bruce Hurst 1689

109 Rick Sutcliffe 1679

110 Carl Hubbell 1677

111 Tommy Bridges 1674

112 John Candelaria 1673

113 Dave Stieb 1669

114 Darryl Kile 1668

115 Mike Moore 1667

116 Gus Weyhing 1665

117 Pedro Astacio 1664

118 Vic Willis 1651

119 Rick Wise 1647

120 Jeff Fassero 1643

121 Al Downing 1639

122 Mike Cuellar 1632

123 Chris Short 1629

124 Andy Messersmith 1625

T125 Steve Rogers 1621

T125 Jack Powell 1621

127 Ray Sadecki 1614

128 Claude Osteen 1612

129 Scott Sanderson 1611

130 Hoyt Wilhelm 1610

131 Jose Rijo 1606

132 Jim Maloney 1605

133 Ken Holtzman 1601

T134 Doug Drabek 1594

T134 Jose DeLeon 1594

136 Rube Marquard 1593

137 Ron Darling 1590

T138 Todd Stottlemyre 1587

T138 Woodie Fryman 1587

140 Jim Perry 1576

T141 Harvey Haddix 1575

T141 Steve Trachsel 1575

143 Jim Whitney 1571

144 Kevin Millwood 1560

145 Adonis Terry 1555

146 Wild Bill Donovan 1552

147 Livan Hernandez 1546

T148 Greg Swindell 1542

T148 Bartolo Colon 1542

150 Jimmy Key 1538

T151 Virgil Trucks 1534

T151 Dean Chance 1534

153 Doyle Alexander 1528

154 Jon Lieber 1526

155 Juan Pizarro 1522

156 Tim Belcher 1519

157 Jon Matlack 1516

T158 Toad Ramsey 1515

T158 Bill Singer 1515

T160 Burleigh Grimes 1512

T160 Sonny Siebert 1512

T160 Dave McNally 1512

163 Chan Ho Park 1511

164 Paul Derringer 1507

165 Goose Gossage 1502

T166 Larry Dierker 1493

T166 J.R. Richard 1493

T168 Burt Hooton 1491

T168 Mike Flanagan 1491

T170 George Mullin 1482

T170 Kevin Tapani 1482

172 Ron Reed 1481

173 Woody Williams 1480

174 Mike Krukow 1478

175 Jim Lonborg 1475

176 Bob Knepper 1473

177 Red Faber 1471

178 Mike Scott 1469

179 Lefty Gomez 1468

180 Brad Radke 1467

181 Charlie Root 1459

182 Steve Renko 1455

183 Earl Wilson 1452

184 Mario Soto 1449

185 Johnny Podres 1435

186 Ramon Martinez 1427

187 Allie Reynolds 1423

188 Jim Clancy 1422

189 Gary Peters 1420

190 Rick Rhoden 1419

191 Hippo Vaughn 1416

192 Denny Neagle 1415

T193 Wilbur Wood 1411

T193 Ray Culp 1411

195 Aaron Sele 1407

196 Mike Torrez 1404

T197 Shane Reynolds 1403

T197 Earl Moore 1403

T197 Mike Morgan 1403

200 Dave Burba 1398

201 Doc White 1384

202 Johan Santana 1381

203 Gary Bell 1378

204 Sam Jones 1376

205 Three Finger Brown 1375

206 Eddie Cicotte 1374

207 Mike Witt 1373

T208 Esteban Loaiza 1372

T208 Joe Nuxhall 1372

210 Mark Gubicza 1371

T211 Long Tom Hughes 1368

T211 Pete Harnisch 1368

213 Lindy McDaniel 1361

214 Bob Shawkey 1360

215 Stan Bahnsen 1359

216 Mark Baldwin 1354

T217 Eppa Rixey 1350

T217 Earl Whitehill 1350

T219 Wilson Alvarez 1330

T219 Mike Boddicker 1330

221 Jack Quinn 1329

222 Terry Mulholland 1325

T223 Kerry Wood 1323

T223 Dennis Leonard 1323

225 Mike McCormick 1321

226 Joe Bush 1319

227 Bump Hadley 1318

228 Jack McDowell 1311

229 Steve Barber 1309

T230 Denny Lemaster 1305

T230 Pedro Ramos 1305

T230 Kelvim Escobar 1305

T230 Stan Williams 1305

234 Fred Norman 1303

235 Pat Dobson 1301

236 Rollie Fingers 1299

237 Diego Segui 1298

238 Johnny Vander Meer 1294

239 Pat Hentgen 1290

240 Tim Hudson 1287

241 John Smiley 1284

242 Don Wilson 1283

243 Denny McLain 1282

244 Murry Dickson 1281

245 Bill Gullickson 1279

246 Bob Lemon 1277

247 Mike Hampton 1272

248 Bob Buhl 1268

249 Mudcat Grant 1267

250 Ed Whitson 1266

T251 Bob Turley 1265

T251 Jack Chesbro 1265

253 Mel Stottlemyre 1257

T254 Mark Gardner 1256

T254 Dizzy Trout 1256

T256 Scott Erickson 1252

T256 Alex Fernandez 1252

T256 Wilbur Cooper 1252

T256 Freddy Garcia 1252

T260 Don Robinson 1251

T260 Lee Smith 1251

262 Bob Rush 1244

263 Juan Guzman 1243

T264 Van Lingle Mungo 1242

T264 Charles Nagy 1242

266 Bill Hutchison 1232

267 Silver King 1229

T268 Herb Pennock 1227

T268 Barry Zito 1227

270 Danny Jackson 1225

T271 Jack Stivetts 1223

T271 Sad Sam Jones 1223

T273 Nap Rucker 1217

T273 Matt Clement 1217

T273 Ed Morris 1217

276 Don Cardwell 1211

277 Waite Hoyt 1206

278 Matt Morris 1205

279 Hooks Dauss 1201

280 Bobby Mathews 1199

T281 Jim Slaton 1191

T281 Shawn Estes 1191

283 Larry French 1187

284 Jack Sanford 1182

285 Ken Hill 1181

T286 Marty Pattin 1179

T286 Jesse Orosco 1179

288 Turk Farrell 1177

T289 Erik Hanson 1175

T289 Bobby Bolin 1175

T291 Andy Ashby 1173

T291 Ismael Valdes 1173

T293 Roy Oswalt 1170

T293 Matt Kilroy 1170

T293 Dutch Leonard 1170

T296 Stu Miller 1164

T296 Cy Falkenberg 1164

T296 Chris Carpenter 1164

T299 Nelson Briles 1163

T299 Dizzy Dean 1163

T301 Moe Drabowsky 1162

T301 Jeff Suppan 1162

T301 Johnny Antonelli 1162

T304 Dutch Leonard 1160

T304 Mel Harder 1160

306 Bob Groom 1159

307 Johnny Klippstein 1158

308 John Denny 1146

309 Dick Ruthven 1145

310 C.C. Sabathia 1142

T311 Jack Billingham 1141

T311 Greg Harris 1141

T313 Billy Hoeft 1140

T313 Lon Warneke 1140

T313 Dick Ellsworth 1140

T316 Ed Reulbach 1137

T316 Milt Wilcox 1137

318 Dock Ellis 1136

319 George Uhle 1135

320 Mark Portugal 1134

T321 Bob Forsch 1133

T321 Billy O'Dell 1133

T321 Elton Chamberlin 1133

324 Dolf Luque 1130

325 Don Newcombe 1129

T326 Derek Lowe 1128

T326 Bob Ojeda 1128

T326 Bill Hands 1128

329 Bill Dinneen 1127

330 Jeff Weaver 1124

331 Bill Monbouquette 1122

T332 Charlie Leibrandt 1121

T332 Russ Ortiz 1121

334 Tony Cloninger 1120

335 Mike Garcia 1117

T336 Brett Tomko 1113

T336 Jaime Navarro 1113

338 Dave Righetti 1112

339 Tug McGraw 1109

T340 Bucky Walters 1107

T340 Eric Milton 1107

342 Dave Goltz 1105

343 Claude Passeau 1104

T344 Dave Giusti 1103

T344 Larry Corcoran 1103

346 Frank Castillo 1101

T347 Guy Hecker 1099

T347 Frank Lary 1099

349 Chick Fraser 1098

T350 Melido Perez 1092

T350 Vern Law 1092

T350 Claude Hendrix 1092

353 Jake Peavy 1090

354 Orlando Hernandez 1086

355 Rube Walberg 1085

T356 John Montefusco 1081

T356 Roy Halladay 1081

T356 Teddy Higuera 1081

T356 Eric Plunk 1081

360 Jim Bibby 1079

361 Lew Burdette 1074

T362 Ted Lyons 1073

T362 Bruce Kison 1073

364 Bobby Shantz 1072

T365 Johnny Allen 1070

T365 Charlie Getzien 1070

367 Joe McGinnity 1068

T368 Steve Stone 1065

T368 Randy Wolf 1065

T368 Joe Horlen 1065

T368 Ray Burris 1065

T372 Lee Meadows 1063

T372 Dan Petry 1063

374 Clay Kirby 1061

375 Chris Bosio 1059

376 Rick Helling 1058

377 Paul Splittorff 1057

378 Tom Griffin 1054

379 Jack Coombs 1052

380 Frank Smith 1051

T381 Ben Sheets 1048

T381 Storm Davis 1048

T383 Ken Forsch 1047

T383 A.J. Burnett 1047

T385 Carlos Zambrano 1042

T385 Ken Johnson 1042

T387 Dan Plesac 1041

T387 Will White 1041

T389 Jim O'Toole 1039

T389 Bud Black 1039

T389 Gary Nolan 1039

T392 Jose Mesa 1038

T392 Rick Honeycutt 1038

T394 John Hiller 1036

T394 Babe Adams 1036

396 Joaquin Andujar 1032

T397 Rick Aguilera 1030

T397 Howard Ehmke 1030

399 Bryn Smith 1028

400 Pat Malone 1024

401 Glendon Rusch 1020

402 Jack Fisher 1017

403 Fritz Peterson 1015

T404 Bill Doak 1014

T404 Billy Wagner 1014

406 Zane Smith 1011

407 Trevor Hoffman 1009

T408 Mark Davis 1007

T408 Ryan Dempster 1007

410 Mike Jackson 1006

411 Ray Caldwell 1005

T412 Miguel Batista 1003

T412 Lefty Tyler 1003

T412 Kirk McCaskill 1003

T412 Don McMahon 1003

416 George Earnshaw 1002

T417 Ralph Terry 1000

T417 Tom Browning 1000

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Nolan Ryan. He has 5,714 strike outs. Man, that's alot!

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In the modern era, the leader is Nolan Ryan, who had 383 strikeouts with the California Angels in 1973.

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Steve Carlton who played his whole career with the Phillies has the most career strikeouts for a left handed pitcher, I'm not sure the exact amount though, sorry!

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Reggie Jackson - 2,597

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