The Greatest Pitchers of All Time Baseball Players
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The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

List Criteria: Only pitchers

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 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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    1935 More
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    the people's #1
    Walter Johnson

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    1947 More
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    most listed
    Tom Seaver

    1944 More
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    1966 More
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    Randy Johnson

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    1921 More
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    1918 More
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    Mariano Rivera

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    added by: Redtom100
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    Whitey Ford

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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carl Hubbell

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    1966 More
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    added by: toycannon18
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    Ron Guidry

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    Clayton Kershaw

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    Denny McLain

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    added by: gordonjg1656
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    1967 More
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    Roy Halladay

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    1955 More
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    Cliff Lee

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