Babe Ruth was known as a high-strikeout hitter, and indeed, he led the majors in Ks 5 times, including in one season (1918) when he only batted 380 times. He retired as the all-time strikeout leader, with 1330. Yet today, the Bambino ranks just 99th all-time, right behind Dean Palmer.
Although no hitter passed 1,500 strikeouts until 1966, today 51 players have reached that milestone. To demonstrate the rise in strikeouts over time, I made a huge infographic that documents each 1,500-strikeout hitter. There are two previews below; click on either one to open up the full-size image.
The graphic itself should be fairly self-explanatory (I hope).
One interesting tidbit that I learned from making this is that the rise in high-strikeout hitters hasn't been consistent. There was a bit of a dropoff starting in the 80's and lasting until the mid-90's. Since then, though, hitters have been striking out like never before.