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
1,200 175
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,165 196
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
1,053 146
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
958 104
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
871 76
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
790 414
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
772 309
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

8
786 380
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

9
802 282
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
714 236
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
811 168
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
735 862
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
615 586
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

14
712 168
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
707 868
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
533 908
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
525 905
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
436 392
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
655 180
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

20
668 170
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
435 931
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
410 952
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
807 205
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
647 255
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
643 251
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910