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

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351 124
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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350 142
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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420 195
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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525 242
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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437 189
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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299 138
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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330 145
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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248 108
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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210 70
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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184 95
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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166 65
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

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145 109
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

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Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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96 88
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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156 68
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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103 47
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

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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

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Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

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Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

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Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

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Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

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

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Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

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Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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56 51
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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64 43
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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

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Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

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Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

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Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

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Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

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Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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50 47
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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