List of Major League Baseball career losses leaders

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Cy Young, the all-time leader in games lost.

This is a list of the top 100 Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers with the most career losses; in the sport of baseball, a loss is a statistic credited to the pitcher of the losing team who allows the run that gives the opposing team the lead with which the game is won (the go-ahead run).

Cy Young holds the MLB loss record with 316; Pud Galvin is second with 308. Young and Galvin are the only players to earn 300 or more losses.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games lost. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2018 GL) Number of loses during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
GL Total career games lost
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List[edit]

Bartolo Colón, the active leader and tied for 73rd all-time in career losses.
  • Stats updated as of June 14, 2018.
Rank Player (2018 GL) GL
1 Cy Young * 316
2 Pud Galvin * 308
3 Nolan Ryan * 292
4 Walter Johnson * 279
5 Phil Niekro * 274
6 Gaylord Perry * 265
7 Don Sutton * 256
8 Jack Powell 254
9 Eppa Rixey * 251
10 Bert Blyleven * 250
11 Bobby Mathews 248
12 Robin Roberts * 245
Warren Spahn * 245
14 Steve Carlton * 244
Early Wynn * 244
16 Jim Kaat 237
17 Frank Tanana 236
18 Gus Weyhing 232
19 Tommy John 231
20 Bob Friend 230
Ted Lyons 230
22 Greg Maddux * 227
23 Ferguson Jenkins * 226
24 Tim Keefe * 225
Red Ruffing * 225
26 Bobo Newsom 222
27 Tony Mullane 220
28 Jack Quinn 218
29 Sad Sam Jones 217
30 Charlie Hough 216
31 Jim McCormick 214
32 Red Faber * 213
33 Paul Derringer 212
Chick Fraser 212
Burleigh Grimes * 212
36 Mickey Welch * 210
37 Jerry Koosman 209
Jamie Moyer 209
39 Grover Cleveland Alexander * 208
Kid Nichols * 208
41 Tom Seaver * 205
Vic Willis * 205
43 Joe Niekro 204
Jim Whitney 204
45 Tom Glavine * 203
46 George Mullin * 196
Adonis Terry 196
48 Claude Osteen 195
49 Eddie Plank * 194
Charles Radbourn * 194
Rank Player (2018 GL) GL
51 Dennis Martínez 193
52 Mickey Lolich 191
Rick Reuschel 191
Jerry Reuss 191
Tom Zachary 191
56 Al Orth 189
57 Christy Mathewson * 188
58 Mel Harder 186
Mike Morgan 186
Jack Morris * 186
61 Earl Whitehill 185
62 Jim Bunning * 184
Bullet Joe Bush 184
Roger Clemens 184
65 Larry Jackson 183
Curt Simmons 183
67 Danny Darwin 182
Hooks Dauss 182
Waite Hoyt * 182
70 Murry Dickson 181
Dutch Leonard 181
Rick Wise 181
73 Bartolo Colon (4) 180
Lee Meadows 180
Tim Wakefield 180
76 Pink Hawley 179
Dolf Luque 179
78 John Clarkson * 178
Wilbur Cooper 178
80 Bill Dinneen 177
Liván Hernández 177
Rube Marquard * 177
83 Mike Moore 176
84 Red Donahue 175
85 Doyle Alexander 174
Bob Gibson * 174
Tom Hughes 174
Jim Perry 174
Amos Rusie * 174
90 Chuck Finley 173
91 Luis Tiant 172
92 Dennis Eckersley * 171
Larry French 171
94 Ted Breitenstein 170
Camilo Pascual 170
96 Billy Pierce 169
97 Red Ames 167
Jim Clancy 167
Bert Cunningham 167
Red Ehret 167

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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