baseball The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
15.8k votes 1.4k voters 21.1k views 243 items

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
421 168
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

2
474 199
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

3
292 104
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

4
373 155
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
390 151
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
302 123
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
294 112
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
266 112
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

9
284 115
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
210 86
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
208 93
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
186 71
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

13
170 62
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
207 148
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
147 84
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

16
134 60
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
217 90
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
122 87
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
130 87
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
120 81
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
123 59
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

The Best Hiking Apparel Brands

22
101 75
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
137 45
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
80 67
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
85 43
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

26
80 58
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
80 41
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

28
60 81
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
90 70
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

30
70 36
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

31
73 31
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

32
71 34
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

33
85 53
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

34
72 44
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

35
49 33
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
90 45
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

37
59 50
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
60 37
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

39
55 41
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

40
57 38
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
47 51
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

42
47 39
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

43
66 37
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

44
47 38
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

45
37 29
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

46
52 43
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

47
44 29
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

48
47 44
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
34 28
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

50
40 32
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940