Other Records and Accomplishments
- Lolich's career total of 2,679 strikeouts in the American League is the most in league history by a left-handed pitcher. His career total of 2,832 strikeouts in both leagues ranked in the top 10 in Major League history when he retired in 1979.
- Lolich's total of 1,538 batters faced in 1971 is the most in Major League Baseball since George Uhle faced 1,548 batters in 1923. Only two other pitchers have faced at least 1,500 batters since 1923: Wilbur Wood with 1,531 in 1973 and Bob Feller with 1,512 in 1946.
- Lolich's total of 376 innings pitched in 1971 is the second highest in Major League Baseball since 1917. Wilbur Wood holds the modern record with 376-2/3 innings pitched in 1972. Only four pitchers have reached the 350 innings mark since the 1920s: Wilbur Wood (1972 and 1973), Lolich (1971), Bob Feller (1946), and Dizzy Trout (1944).
- Lolich's total of 29 complete games in 1971 is the highest in American League Baseball since 1946, when Bob Feller completed 36.
- During the decade from 1965 to 1974, Lolich had more strikeouts (2,245) than any other pitcher in Major League Baseball. Bob Gibson was second with 2,117 during the same period.
- During the decade from 1965 to 1974, Lolich ranked second in Major League Baseball in innings pitched (2,744-2/3). Gaylord Perry was first with 2,978 innings pitched.
- During the decade from 1965 to 1974, Lolich had more wins (172) than any other pitcher in the American League. Gaylord Perry led the majors with 182 wins during that period.
- During the decade from 1965 to 1974, Lolich had more complete games (155) than any other pitcher in the American League. Gaylord Perry led the majors with 205 complete games during that period.
- Lolich is the only lefthander to start, finish and win three complete World Series games.
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