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
1,368 182
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1867

2
1,323 207
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

3
1,214 153
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

4
1,119 107
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

5
1,029 82
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1887

6
903 427
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1918

7
903 471
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

8
883 352
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1945

9
817 263
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

10
907 320
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

11
919 183
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
827 176
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

13
797 943
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

14
642 675
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1944

15
754 948
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1947

16
552 1,010
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

17
546 1,010
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

18
518 420
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

19
748 196
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1936

20
763 191
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

21
451 1,071
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1935

22
422 1,101
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

23
940 230
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
1895

24
769 301
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time
slaft added 1881

25
402 42
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time