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

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

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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Mordecai Brown 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

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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Mike Cuellar Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher

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

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Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Roy Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Darryl Kile is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Chris Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Tim Lincecum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Jim Perry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Sal Maglie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Dennis Martínez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
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