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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
434 178
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

2
305 111
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

3
486 210
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

4
404 160
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
390 163
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
314 128
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
308 118
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
274 121
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

9
296 121
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
218 89
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
196 72
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

12
213 100
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
178 65
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
223 98
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
150 90
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

16
139 64
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
215 157
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
133 61
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
144 48
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
138 94
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
123 87
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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22
128 96
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
90 45
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
104 83
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
86 72
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
84 62
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
86 44
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

28
80 32
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

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29
99 46
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

30
74 37
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

31
73 41
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

32
89 58
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

33
93 78
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

34
73 49
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

35
64 51
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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36
66 86
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

37
61 40
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
69 42
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

39
62 41
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

40
50 39
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

41
59 42
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

42
51 42
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

43
47 31
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

44
51 40
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

45
41 32
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

46
37 29
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

47
55 48
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

48
49 46
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
52 56
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

50
45 35
Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Vida Blue 1949