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.

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1
1,110 167
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,075 188
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
964 137
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
872 95
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
721 345
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

6
782 70
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

7
725 384
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
710 288
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
731 252
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
646 214
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
738 150
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
708 787
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
586 535
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

14
646 151
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

15
695 798
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
523 832
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
516 828
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
608 146
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

19
412 342
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
612 141
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
425 825
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
401 845
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
579 208
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

24
726 169
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

25
315 568
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time