One of the premier power-pitchers in baseball history, Curt Schilling has become one of the strikeout kings of baseball. In 1997 he set a National League record by striking out 319 batters. No right hand-handed NL pitcher ever posted as many strikeout in one seasons, and Curt Schilling is the first to ring up 300 Ks since Mike Scott in 1986.
Houston Astros’ right-hander JR Richard record of 313 set in 1979 was the standard for right-handers until Curt Schilling broke the mark in his final start of the 1997 season, fanning Florida’s Devon White, and breaking the Phillies team record of 310 set by Steve Carlton in 1972. As a fact only one NL left-handed pitcher ever fanned more in one season, the great Sandy Koufax in 1965 struck out 382 batters in 335.2 innings.
In 1998 Curt Schilling, a native of Alaska, burned in an even 300 Ks, and in 2002 with the Arizona Diamond Backs he chalked up 316. Baseball Historian