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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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415 159
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
343 122
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
320 121
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
358 146
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
260 102
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
244 93
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
245 93
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
227 92
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

9
236 87
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
181 75
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
172 71
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
154 59
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

13
145 49
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
128 67
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

15
173 117
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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16
115 50
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
170 78
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
111 32
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
112 72
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
103 66
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
98 50
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

22
104 74
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
68 34
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

24
79 64
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
69 48
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
61 59
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
62 32
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

28
58 21
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

29
51 23
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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30
73 49
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

31
70 35
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

32
39 23
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

33
64 44
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

34
55 33
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

35
48 26
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
49 29
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

37
45 31
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

38
49 44
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

39
48 67
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

40
39 30
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

41
40 32
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

42
44 33
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

43
45 29
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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44
38 36
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

45
35 24
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

46
30 22
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

47
33 23
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940

48
41 39
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
41 35
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

50
37 26
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tommy John 1943