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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477 136
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

2
460 157
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
354 105
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
518 300
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
311 98
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

6
344 125
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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551 338
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

8
451 294
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

9
345 210
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

10
457 291
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
297 96
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
349 241
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

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269 73
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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262 128
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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353 250
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
256 81
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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209 50
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

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195 117
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
197 72
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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246 291
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
170 187
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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168 193
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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130 134
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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171 58
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

25
170 57
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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146 182
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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260 225
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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165 43
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

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208 59
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

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131 49
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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102 144
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

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120 47
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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169 145
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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120 77
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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112 74
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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73 51
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

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108 89
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

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78 49
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

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110 141
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

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52 31
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Bob Lemon 1920

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91 69
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

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60 62
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

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51 35
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

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71 46
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

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59 35
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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57 50
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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57 43
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

48
83 55
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

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57 62
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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32 26
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Waite Hoyt 1899