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

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Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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

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

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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

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Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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

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Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

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

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Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

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

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Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920

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Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950