sports The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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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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Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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

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

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

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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

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Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Dizzy Dean 1910

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Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940

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Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Kaat 1938

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Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

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Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Vida Blue 1949

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Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tommy John 1943