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
692 150
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
663 174
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
557 118
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
478 134
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

5
462 79
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
464 210
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
593 452
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
406 160
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
585 513
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

10
379 55
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

11
404 334
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

12
483 465
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
389 189
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
484 456
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
397 111
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

16
319 158
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
337 93
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
368 406
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

19
373 404
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
253 160
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
295 222
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

22
298 222
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
318 62
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

24
311 68
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

25
267 64
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

26
264 450
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
360 69
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

28
274 74
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910

29
217 52
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

30
154 266
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

31
273 322
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

32
181 96
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939

33
110 209
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1950

34
116 74
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1951

35
148 89
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
85 35
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920

37
100 54
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

38
179 210
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

39
84 36
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

40
118 103
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1977

41
73 50
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

42
63 36
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added 1938

43
114 165
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1966

44
80 48
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1926

45
65 43
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1875

46
100 84
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1942

47
62 69
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1968

48
90 58
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added 1983

49
59 64
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

50
41 26
Waite Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1899