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
1,238 177
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,199 202
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
1,090 148
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
994 106
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
908 78
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
820 427
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

7
800 316
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

8
813 388
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

9
828 289
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
734 243
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
832 171
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
744 887
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
737 170
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
619 607
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

15
711 892
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
537 932
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
532 927
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
451 402
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
688 174
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
672 184
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

21
439 960
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
413 984
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
837 207
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
677 261
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
666 258
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910