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
573 141
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
547 164
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
444 109
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
376 112
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

5
407 142
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
559 354
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
562 412
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

8
348 73
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
324 132
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

10
462 372
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
356 273
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

12
465 363
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
327 138
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
274 50
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

15
354 307
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

16
310 89
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
255 72
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
244 126
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
357 314
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
171 145
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
207 205
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

22
251 354
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
223 57
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
218 63
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

25
199 216
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
212 48
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

27
180 52
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

28
263 61
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

29
150 222
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
264 270
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

31
162 48
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

32
105 184
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

33
145 87
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

34
93 60
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

35
129 80
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
173 186
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

37
112 91
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

38
60 32
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

39
83 50
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

40
67 35
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
111 152
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1966

42
95 75
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

43
54 36
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

44
74 47
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1926

45
60 50
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

46
61 65
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

47
58 43
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

48
88 55
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added 1983

49
58 62
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

50
35 26
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1899