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List Rules MLB players known for excellent pitching, not just great players that happen to play pitcher.

Who are the greatest pitchers of all time? Trying to decide who is the absolute greatest MLB pitcher ever is challenging, to say the least, but it can be done, right here. This list includes some of the best Major League Baseball players of all time, but it is by no means complete. Add anyone you think is missing, vote for your favorites and of course, rerank this list in any order you choose. Each of the excellent baseball pitchers on this list can, arguably, be called the "best." Some were known for their incredible fastballs; others, including Sandy Koufax and Bert Blyleven, are known for being some of the greatest curveball pitchers of all time. These are the famous pitchers who managed, with sheer skill, to outwit and beat some of the best hitters in baseball history, too. If you're interested in some modern-era baseball phenoms, check out this list of the best current MLB pitchers, and vote for the current players you think deserve the top spots.
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+ - 4,881 2,046
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
+ - 3,502 1,355
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
+ - 4,206 2,246
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
+ - 2,735 1,542
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

5
+ - 3,507 1,373
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
+ - 2,449 1,409
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
+ - 2,467 1,018
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
+ - 3,063 1,193
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
+ - 1,537 885
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
+ - 2,104 935
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
+ - 1,358 741
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
+ - 1,328 728
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
+ - 1,376 659
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
+ - 1,121 587
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
+ - 1,660 662
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 896 660
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
+ - 1,947 1,299
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
+ - 1,916 910
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
+ - 921 668
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

20
+ - 2,144 773
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
+ - 885 660
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
+ - 980 541
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
+ - 1,058 622
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

24
+ - 695 610
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dizzy Dean 1910

25
+ - 796 396
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

26
+ - 720 504
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
+ - 694 551
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 467 523
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 699 529
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 617 406
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 472 316
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 406 543
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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+ - 486 474
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 516 310
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 643 419
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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+ - 426 335
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 401 527
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 747 480
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 323 220
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 325 341
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 278 411
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

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+ - 372 427
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

43
+ - 401 288
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 437 230
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

45
+ - 162 226
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 190 340
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

47
+ - 207 150
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 367 362
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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+ - 394 308
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

50
+ - 259 394
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920