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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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412 70
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Pitcher

2
271 78
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Bert Blyleven Starting pitcher, Pitcher

3
228 53
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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4
151 76
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
83 28
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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6
113 47
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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7
70 21
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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8
76 25
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pedro Martínez Starting pitcher, Pitcher

9
57 16
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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10
44 8
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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11
80 34
Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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12
75 31
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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13
87 40
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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14
66 39
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown Pitcher

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15
82 37
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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16
55 32
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher

17
58 36
Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Mike Cuellar Starting pitcher, Pitcher

18
64 46
Camilo Pascual is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Camilo Pascual Pitcher

19
33 8
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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20
52 24
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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21
33 10
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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32 10
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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23
26 6
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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24
29 9
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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24 6
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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26
38 18
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Don Sutton Pitcher

27
25 8
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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28
25 8
Roy Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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32 14
Darryl Kile is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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30
29 12
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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31
25 9
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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32
24 9
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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33
20 6
Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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34
24 10
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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35
23 10
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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19 8
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Jim Kaat Starting pitcher, Pitcher

37
20 9
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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38
20 9
Chris Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Chris Carpenter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
19 9
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Félix Hernández Starting pitcher, Pitcher

40
16 7
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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41
18 9
Tim Lincecum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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42
30 21
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mickzellar added Mickey Lolich Pitcher

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23 26
Sal Maglie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Sal Maglie Pitcher

44
13 5
Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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45
16 8
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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46
18 10
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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47
18 10
Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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13 6
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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49
13 6
Jim Perry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Jim Perry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

50
11 5
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher