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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1
807 157
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
775 182
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
668 126
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
575 86
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
539 203
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

6
513 284
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
614 557
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
488 60
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

9
478 217
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

10
472 212
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
605 608
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

12
395 177
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
443 404
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

14
478 122
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
419 107
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
492 560
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
491 548
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
300 186
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
388 487
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

20
393 65
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
385 71
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

22
385 495
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
309 261
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
300 264
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
454 74
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

26
340 83
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

27
352 80
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

28
270 544
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

29
265 54
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
157 307
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

31
216 99
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

32
276 367
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

33
107 38
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

34
132 80
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

35
165 90
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
112 225
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

37
184 218
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

38
104 59
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

39
91 37
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

40
81 51
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
119 108
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

42
66 36
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

43
115 170
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
64 70
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

46
66 44
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

47
101 85
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

48
60 65
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