Baseball The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
32.7k votes 2.2k voters 24.3k views 284 items

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
825 157
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
794 182
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
686 126
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
592 86
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
556 215
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

6
621 574
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
505 60
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

8
523 300
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
493 224
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

10
488 212
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
412 178
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
615 618
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

13
448 408
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

14
488 124
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
430 107
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
492 576
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
491 567
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
301 195
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
387 510
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

20
410 65
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
395 72
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

22
385 514
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
309 274
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
300 279
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
473 74
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

26
355 86
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

27
365 84
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

28
270 561
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

29
281 54
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
158 317
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

31
230 99
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

32
277 378
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

33
118 38
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

34
137 80
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

35
112 225
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

36
165 90
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

37
184 222
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
107 59
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

39
85 51
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

40
95 37
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
119 109
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

42
66 37
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

43
115 171
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1966

44
84 48
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1926

45
65 71
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

46
67 44
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

47
101 88
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

48
60 67
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
91 59
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added 1983

50
46 26
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1899