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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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+ - 4,120 2,163
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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2
+ - 4,736 1,973
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

3
+ - 2,395 1,352
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
+ - 2,676 1,484
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

5
+ - 3,381 1,305
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
+ - 3,430 1,330
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
+ - 2,407 992
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
+ - 2,981 1,166
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
+ - 1,503 863
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
+ - 2,047 915
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
+ - 1,307 718
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
+ - 1,323 733
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
+ - 1,351 651
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
+ - 1,103 576
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
+ - 1,634 650
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
+ - 880 648
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
+ - 1,898 1,277
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
+ - 1,884 889
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
+ - 899 655
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

20
+ - 2,080 761
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
+ - 871 649
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
+ - 966 528
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
+ - 1,040 613
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

24
+ - 681 597
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dizzy Dean 1910

25
+ - 775 385
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

26
+ - 710 496
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
+ - 679 541
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 459 512
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 682 516
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 604 397
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 466 306
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 401 531
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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+ - 481 463
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 508 302
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 625 405
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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+ - 418 326
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 396 519
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 733 475
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 312 214
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 318 332
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 275 403
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

42
+ - 393 283
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 365 420
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 417 221
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

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+ - 157 214
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 188 330
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 196 142
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
+ - 362 352
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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+ - 381 301
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

50
+ - 258 384
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920