Baseball The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time  

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List Rules Only starting pitchers. No closers or middle relievers

The best starting pitchers in baseball history have one vital quality in common: their ability to win. There are so many different ways to define a great pitcher: pitch velocity, outstanding command of their pitch locations and can have ridiculous movement on their breaking stuff. The best starting pitchers have a special quality that makes them more dominant than their contemporaries. They have the rare ability to reach back and get a key out when it's absolutely necessary.

Many baseball fans love a starting pitcher who can throw in the high-90s and even low-100s. Throughout his 27-year career, Nolan Ryan hit those high-water marks. The pitcher nicknamed the Ryan Express is widely considered one of the best power pitchers of all time alongside Bob Gibson, Pedro Martinez and a few others. On the opposite side sits pitchers like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine from the successful Atlanta Braves teams from the '90s. These pitchers were able to make up for their lack of pitch power by having arguably the best pitch placement in baseball history.

Here is your opportunity to vote on which starting pitcher can be considered the best in baseball history.This Ultimate List will determine by your vote who can be considered the best starting pitcher of all time.

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1
1,074 166
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,038 188
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
928 136
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
836 94
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
699 334
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

6
704 372
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
745 70
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

8
683 283
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
702 250
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
621 212
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
712 148
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
695 761
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
570 524
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

14
620 149
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
691 771
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
520 804
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
514 799
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
402 323
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
583 142
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

20
583 140
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
423 794
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
400 815
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
693 168
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
550 205
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
315 547
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time