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.

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372 126
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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486 228
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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369 145
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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531 256
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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426 212
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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444 206
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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308 148
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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264 97
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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245 78
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

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336 161
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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269 110
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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334 168
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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226 75
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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197 101
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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183 71
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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185 66
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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236 205
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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137 96
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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154 115
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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156 123
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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128 47
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

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Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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247 149
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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137 117
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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101 93
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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159 80
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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108 51
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

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101 36
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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79 100
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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95 54
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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130 53
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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89 52
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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90 52
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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98 75
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

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102 111
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

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Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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75 45
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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60 46
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

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80 59
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

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66 44
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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65 44
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

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46 33
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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42 30
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

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56 59
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

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79 50
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

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54 41
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

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56 54
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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51 32
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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52 48
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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44 40
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940