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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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Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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401 174
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

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

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327 134
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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319 127
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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281 131
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

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

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224 94
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

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221 105
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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186 69
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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224 164
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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

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235 108
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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144 101
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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142 64
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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131 93
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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108 87
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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154 53
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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96 46
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

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

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90 64
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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91 45
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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Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

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

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Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

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Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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

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Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

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Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

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Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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63 43
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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75 43
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

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

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

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Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

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54 57
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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Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

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52 40
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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Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

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

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

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Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Vida Blue 1949