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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
4,989 2,103
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
3,578 1,414
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,563 1,406
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
4,269 2,273
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
2,787 1,570
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

6
2,498 1,440
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
2,515 1,032
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,129 1,212
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,567 903
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,149 946
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,362 735
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,386 753
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,407 665
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,139 604
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
1,688 678
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
920 670
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
1,998 1,314
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
1,955 922
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
936 682
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

20
2,193 787
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
899 678
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
1,001 551
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,076 635
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
714 621
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

25
819 409
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

26
741 517
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
711 565
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
478 535
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
634 413
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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30
716 541
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

31
489 326
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

32
415 558
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

33
500 485
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

34
530 323
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

35
435 347
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

36
663 432
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

37
339 230
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

38
411 538
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
762 490
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

40
334 349
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
413 298
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

42
284 423
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

43
381 438
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
462 235
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

45
219 156
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

46
168 241
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

47
198 346
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
376 374
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

49
403 320
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Félix Hernández 1986

50
151 205
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876