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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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393 140
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
323 105
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
299 110
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
245 91
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
340 140
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
232 83
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

7
224 85
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

8
217 83
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

9
222 81
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
160 63
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
164 71
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
140 54
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

13
131 47
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
115 62
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

15
163 109
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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104 44
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
158 73
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
103 26
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
100 67
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
93 61
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
98 70
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

22
87 47
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
59 28
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

24
73 59
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
62 43
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
52 18
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

27
55 55
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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55 28
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

29
67 45
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

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45 22
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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59 38
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

32
62 30
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

33
51 29
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

34
45 23
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

35
35 20
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

36
43 24
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

37
40 25
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

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45 40
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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34 25
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

40
39 23
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

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36 32
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

42
45 64
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

43
34 28
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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31 21
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940

45
38 31
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

46
29 20
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

47
26 20
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

48
41 33
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
38 31
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

50
36 34
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time