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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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413 155
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
341 119
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
318 117
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
355 145
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
258 99
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

6
239 91
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
243 91
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
225 90
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

9
233 86
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
179 74
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
170 70
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
151 58
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

13
143 48
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
125 66
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

15
171 115
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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16
113 48
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
168 77
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
110 31
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
111 71
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

20
102 65
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
97 49
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

22
103 73
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
66 34
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887

24
79 63
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

25
67 48
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

26
61 58
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

27
61 32
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don Drysdale 1936

28
57 21
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
joe-scott added Dizzy Dean 1910

29
50 23
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Phil Niekro 1939

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30
72 48
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Curt Schilling 1966

31
69 34
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Babe Ruth 1895

32
39 22
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bert Blyleven 1951

33
55 32
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

34
63 43
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Halladay 1977

35
48 25
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

36
47 29
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

37
44 30
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Robin Roberts 1926

38
48 66
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Ron Guidry 1950

39
44 27
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
ebelkids added Justin Verlander 1983

40
47 44
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

41
43 33
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

42
37 30
Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Eddie Plank 1875

43
38 32
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ed Walsh 1881

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44
37 35
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina 1968

45
33 23
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Luis Tiant 1940

46
29 22
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Jim Kaat 1938

47
33 24
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

48
40 34
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

49
39 39
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

50
33 24
Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
Vida Blue 1949