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.

list ordered by

1
1,351 181
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,308 206
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
1,199 152
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
1,104 106
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
1,014 81
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
891 424
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

7
893 469
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
872 350
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
899 315
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
809 260
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
909 182
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
816 175
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
788 939
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
639 670
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

15
747 944
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
549 1,001
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
543 1,003
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
507 420
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
736 196
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

20
752 189
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
449 1,058
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
421 1,087
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
927 223
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
758 294
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
744 288
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910