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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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436 168
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

2
335 130
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
355 132
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
372 154
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
272 111
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
257 96
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
258 99
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
236 100
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

9
251 94
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
187 81
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
180 74
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
163 62
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

13
153 52
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
180 124
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
132 74
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

16
119 55
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
119 76
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
184 83
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
111 78
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
108 71
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
103 53
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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22
84 69
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
118 35
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
68 63
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
73 38
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
73 52
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
69 37
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

28
79 54
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

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57 27
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

30
51 71
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

31
62 24
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

32
63 36
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

33
43 28
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

34
69 47
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

35
55 30
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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76 38
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

37
53 47
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
53 32
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

39
40 40
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

40
48 37
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

41
33 24
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

42
43 35
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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49 35
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

44
42 33
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

45
45 38
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

46
43 41
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

47
38 26
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

48
49 33
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

49
28 26
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

50
35 28
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940