Baseball The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time  

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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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1
498 88
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

2
331 99
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

3
297 79
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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4
182 93
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
161 63
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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6
110 37
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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7
110 40
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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8
81 24
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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9
98 36
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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10
59 13
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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11
101 41
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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12
82 44
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

13
104 46
Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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14
91 39
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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15
103 50
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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16
64 38
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

17
47 13
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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18
69 44
Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

19
44 13
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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20
41 11
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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21
76 55
Camilo Pascual is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

22
61 29
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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23
33 8
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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24
43 16
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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25
38 14
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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26
34 11
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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27
36 13
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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28
32 10
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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29
33 11
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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30
44 20
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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31
28 9
Roy Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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32
30 11
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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33
25 7
Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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34
37 17
Darryl Kile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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35
28 10
Chris Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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36
29 11
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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37
25 9
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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38
27 11
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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39
27 12
Tim Lincecum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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40
25 12
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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41
36 23
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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42
22 11
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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43
23 12
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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44
16 6
Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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45
17 7
Jim Perry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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46
26 28
Sal Maglie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

47
17 8
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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48
20 12
Dennis Martínez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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49
13 6
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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50
14 7
Dazzy Vance is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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