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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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1
5,008 2,111
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
3,592 1,421
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,578 1,410
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
4,279 2,275
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
2,799 1,572
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

6
2,508 1,442
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
2,523 1,034
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,143 1,216
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,571 905
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,157 947
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,393 754
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,366 736
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,414 666
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,144 605
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
1,692 679
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
924 672
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
2,003 1,321
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
1,963 924
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
939 683
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

20
2,205 789
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
901 679
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
1,004 552
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,078 635
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
716 622
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

25
821 411
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

26
745 517
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
715 566
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
479 536
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
638 413
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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30
718 541
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

31
492 326
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

32
416 559
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

33
503 485
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

34
531 324
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

35
436 348
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

36
668 432
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

37
343 231
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

38
413 539
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
764 491
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

40
337 349
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
415 299
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

42
286 423
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

43
383 438
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

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44
465 236
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

45
221 156
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

46
170 241
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

47
199 347
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
378 376
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

49
406 321
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Félix Hernández 1986

50
311 434
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time