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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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351 54
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Pitcher

2
228 64
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Bert Blyleven Starting pitcher, Pitcher

3
182 34
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Clayton Kershaw Starting pitcher, Pitcher

4
131 67
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
58 17
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pedro Martínez Starting pitcher, Pitcher

6
88 37
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Nolan Ryan Pitcher

7
62 20
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tom Seaver Pitcher

8
79 37
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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9
39 9
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Satchel Paige Pitcher

10
53 19
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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11
69 31
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Roy Halladay Pitcher

12
61 38
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown Pitcher

13
73 36
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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14
67 32
Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
50 31
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher

16
53 34
Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Mike Cuellar Starting pitcher, Pitcher

17
33 8
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Warren Spahn Starting pitcher, Pitcher

18
59 43
Camilo Pascual is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Camilo Pascual Pitcher

19
31 9
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Orel Hershiser Pitcher

20
28 7
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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21
47 23
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
ByronWarfield added Tom Glavine Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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22
26 8
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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23
23 6
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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24
36 18
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Don Sutton Pitcher

25
24 8
Roy Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Oswalt Starting pitcher, Pitcher

26
31 14
Darryl Kile is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Paul Nyhart added Darryl Kile Starting pitcher, Pitcher

27
20 5
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
franklinwojciechszczesny added Corey Kluber Pitcher

28
26 11
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Mike Mussina Pitcher

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22 8
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bob Feller Starting pitcher, Pitcher

30
23 9
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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31
23 9
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Catfish Hunter Pitcher

32
20 8
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Juan Marichal Pitcher

33
21 9
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Luis Tiant Pitcher

34
17 6
Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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35
18 8
Chris Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Chris Carpenter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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16 7
Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Gio Gonzalez Pitcher

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18 9
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Zack Greinke Pitcher

38
19 10
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
15 7
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jon Lester Pitcher

40
16 8
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Jim Kaat Starting pitcher, Pitcher

41
17 9
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Félix Hernández Starting pitcher, Pitcher

42
18 10
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Cliff Lee Starting pitcher

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43
29 21
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mickzellar added Mickey Lolich Pitcher

44
12 5
Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Dave McNally Starting pitcher, Pitcher

45
15 8
Tim Lincecum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tim Lincecum Starting pitcher, Pitcher

46
21 26
Sal Maglie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Sal Maglie Pitcher

47
12 6
Dazzy Vance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dazzy Vance Pitcher

48
12 6
Jim Perry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Jim Perry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
15 9
Dennis Martínez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dennis Martínez Pitcher

50
9 4
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher