Friday, September 11, 2009

1976 Topps #203 - NL Strikeout Leaders

  • Tom Seaver led the NL in strikeouts five times. He set a record by striking out over 200 batters nine years in a row (1968-1976). Tom fell four strikeouts short of extending that streak in 1977. He struck out 3640 batters in his career (6th all-time).

  • John Montefusco had his biggest strikeout season (215) in 1975. He never again struck out over 200 batters in a season.

  • Andy Messersmith had three seasons of striking out 200 or more batters (1969, 1974, and 1975). Andy never led the league in strikeouts, but struck out 6 or more batters per nine innings in all but three of his 12 seasons.

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