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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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+ - 2,673 1,473
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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+ - 4,112 2,154
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
+ - 4,726 1,967
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

4
+ - 2,388 1,343
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
+ - 3,414 1,323
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
+ - 3,370 1,301
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
+ - 2,401 990
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
+ - 2,976 1,163
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 1,501 860
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
+ - 2,043 912
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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+ - 1,307 715
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
+ - 1,319 730
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
+ - 1,349 650
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

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+ - 1,101 573
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 1,630 649
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 879 646
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
+ - 1,894 1,277
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
+ - 1,880 888
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
+ - 897 654
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

20
+ - 2,070 760
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
+ - 870 648
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 966 525
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 1,039 612
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 774 383
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 680 595
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dizzy Dean 1910

26
+ - 709 495
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 677 541
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 459 511
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 681 516
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 604 396
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 465 305
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 401 530
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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+ - 479 463
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 507 302
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 624 404
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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+ - 418 325
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 396 518
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 732 474
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 311 214
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 318 331
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 275 402
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

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+ - 392 283
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 415 220
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

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+ - 364 420
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 157 213
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 188 329
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 196 141
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 361 352
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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+ - 381 299
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 257 384
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920