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List Rules Only starting pitchers. No closers or middle relievers

The best starting pitchers in baseball history have one vital quality in common: their ability to win. There are so many different ways to define a great pitcher: pitch velocity, outstanding command of their pitch locations and can have ridiculous movement on their breaking stuff. The best starting pitchers have a special quality that makes them more dominant than their contemporaries. They have the rare ability to reach back and get a key out when it's absolutely necessary.

Many baseball fans love a starting pitcher who can throw in the high-90s and even low-100s. Throughout his 27-year career, Nolan Ryan hit those high-water marks. The pitcher nicknamed the Ryan Express is widely considered one of the best power pitchers of all time alongside Bob Gibson, Pedro Martinez and a few others. On the opposite side sits pitchers like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine from the successful Atlanta Braves teams from the '90s. These pitchers were able to make up for their lack of pitch power by having arguably the best pitch placement in baseball history.

Here is your opportunity to vote on which starting pitcher can be considered the best in baseball history.This Ultimate List will determine by your vote who can be considered the best starting pitcher of all time.

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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 288 103
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 236 88
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 325 136
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 225 78
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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+ - 218 81
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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+ - 210 79
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 157 60
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 136 51
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

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+ - 160 69
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 126 46
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 113 59
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 156 108
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 150 70
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 91 58
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 96 64
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 94 67
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 83 45
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 57 26
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 70 56
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 61 41
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 53 25
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 66 41
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 53 53
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 49 17
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Dizzy Dean 1910

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Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 55 35
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 41 22
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 58 28
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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+ - 41 22
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 41 23
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 32 19
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 38 24
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 35 29
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 43 39
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 44 61
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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+ - 30 19
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940

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+ - 32 24
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 32 27
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

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+ - 28 18
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 37 29
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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+ - 35 33
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 36 29
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 24 18
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Kaat 1938

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+ - 35 21
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 38 32
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time