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
1,394 188
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867
2
1,341 213
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
3
1,237 153
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
4
1,142 110
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
5
1,054 82
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887
6
921 433
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918
7
918 476
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
8
897 358
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945
9
922 323
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
10
830 269
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
11
815 952
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
12
930 187
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
13
841 179
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
14
648 685
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944
15
770 959
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947
16
562 1,024
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
17
557 1,025
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
18
527 429
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
19
762 201
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936
20
777 198
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
21
463 1,094
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935
22
434 1,128
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
23
964 245
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895
24
784 312
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881
25
430 45
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time