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
1,360 182
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,317 207
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
1,208 153
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
1,113 107
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
1,023 82
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
897 427
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

7
900 471
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
879 352
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
815 263
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
904 319
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
916 183
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
823 176
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
794 942
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
641 673
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

15
751 947
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
551 1,006
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
546 1,007
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
513 420
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
743 196
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

20
758 190
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
450 1,065
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
422 1,094
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
934 226
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
763 298
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
393 42
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time