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
982 162
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
951 184
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
842 128
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
749 88
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
657 64
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
605 264
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

7
615 322
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

8
622 361
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
620 236
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
546 193
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
666 685
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
530 478
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

13
625 133
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
668 696
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

15
558 118
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
506 712
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
501 695
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
381 232
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
516 73
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
517 84
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

21
412 639
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
394 656
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
476 111
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

24
613 87
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

25
310 407
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
314 412
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
489 113
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

28
405 78
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

29
278 675
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
322 122
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

31
206 59
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

32
164 421
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

33
215 108
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

34
163 75
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

35
284 484
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
120 311
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

37
148 64
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
143 92
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

39
194 289
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

40
101 73
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

41
174 163
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

42
103 78
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

43
91 25
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

44
120 238
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1966

45
127 164
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

46
102 89
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1926

47
70 114
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

48
106 133
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

49
63 58
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1899

50
62 108
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time