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The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time 

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Updated October 11, 2018 68.3k votes 4.3k voters 30.5k views 278 items

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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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867
2
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
3
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
4
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
5
Grover Cleveland Alexand... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887
6
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
7
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
8
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
9
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945
10
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918
11
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936
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Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
13
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
14
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
15
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881
16
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
17
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944
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Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1910
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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947
20
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
21
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
22
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1939
23
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added 1920
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Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
25
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895