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
942 162
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
911 184
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
802 128
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
709 87
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
618 62
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
591 308
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

7
593 223
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
596 348
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
575 262
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

10
651 665
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
515 191
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
511 462
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

13
656 672
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

14
594 132
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
530 116
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
504 681
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
500 667
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
361 225
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
493 66
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
493 77
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

21
410 608
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
393 621
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
309 370
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
313 374
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
584 78
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

26
450 101
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

27
465 98
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

28
380 63
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

29
277 643
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
306 109
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

31
194 41
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

32
203 87
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

33
164 390
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

34
150 53
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

35
282 451
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
140 41
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

37
119 281
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

38
138 70
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

39
97 47
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

40
193 259
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
173 135
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

42
97 53
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

43
101 63
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1926

44
119 210
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1966

45
124 139
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

46
70 92
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

47
105 112
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

48
58 39
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1899

49
97 75
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added 1983

50
62 24
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time