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
953 162
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
922 184
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
813 128
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
720 87
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
629 62
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
599 311
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

7
603 224
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
606 349
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
585 262
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

10
656 668
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
525 191
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
518 465
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

13
663 675
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

14
604 132
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
538 117
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
504 691
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
500 677
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
364 227
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
503 66
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
503 77
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

21
411 617
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
393 631
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
309 380
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
594 78
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

25
459 102
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

26
313 384
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
475 98
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

28
390 63
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

29
277 648
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
309 110
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

31
196 43
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

32
205 89
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

33
164 393
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

34
152 56
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

35
282 457
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
119 284
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

37
142 44
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
138 73
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

39
97 52
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

40
193 265
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
173 140
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

42
97 58
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

43
119 215
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1966

44
101 68
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1926

45
124 144
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

46
70 96
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

47
105 117
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

48
67 24
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
58 44
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1899

50
97 80
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added 1983