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The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time 

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Updated October 4, 2019 10.7k votes 2.1k voters 48.9k views 73 items

List Rules Please vote for the players only on the strength of their curveball and not other pitches

Who are the greatest curveball pitchers of all time? The best MLB curveball pitchers are often, not surprisingly, also some of the greatest baseball players of all time, too. The curveball pitchers listed here were incredible talents on the mound, pitching curve balls that were nearly impossible to hit. Who do you believe is the best ever? Vote for your favorites, vote down any pitchers that you don't think had a "nasty" curveball and certainly re-rank this list in any order you like.

Any list of the greatest curveball pitchers should include legendary pitchers like Sandy Koufax and certainly Bert Blyleven. With thousands of strikeouts between them, these two had some seriously devastating curveballs. Their breaking pitches fooled some of the best hitters in MLB history, and they pitched for some of the best baseball teams ever, throwing the best curveball in the game.
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Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
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Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
3
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mickzellar added Pitcher
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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
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Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
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Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
CliffShaw added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher
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Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Bootsdad added Pitcher
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Camilo Pascual is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
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Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
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Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
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Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Pitcher
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Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
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Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Pitcher
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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
ByronWarfield added Starting pitcher, Pitcher