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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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423 164
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
348 125
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
328 124
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
365 148
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
251 93
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

6
266 105
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
252 94
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
244 89
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
231 96
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

10
177 72
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
183 79
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
159 61
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

13
150 51
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
129 71
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

15
119 52
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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16
177 120
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
176 79
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
114 34
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
116 74
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
106 68
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
101 52
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

22
108 76
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
73 36
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

24
83 66
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
72 50
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
66 60
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
66 33
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

28
61 22
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

29
55 25
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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75 52
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

31
74 36
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

32
53 27
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

33
67 46
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

34
42 26
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

35
53 30
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
58 36
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

37
52 45
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
47 33
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

39
42 31
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

40
43 33
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

41
47 34
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

42
48 30
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

43
50 69
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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44
38 24
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

45
32 22
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

46
39 37
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

47
34 24
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940

48
43 39
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
42 36
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

50
39 27
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tommy John 1943