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
1,083 167
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,048 188
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
937 137
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
845 95
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
707 335
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

6
713 372
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
755 70
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

8
691 284
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
712 250
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
629 214
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
720 150
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
701 765
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
577 527
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

14
629 150
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
692 780
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
522 812
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
515 808
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
408 327
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
592 143
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

20
592 141
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
425 800
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
401 821
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
699 169
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
556 206
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
315 554
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time