Baseball The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
5.3k votes 1.2k voters 39k views 71 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.
list ordered by

1
489 84
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

2
322 94
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

3
292 74
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

4
179 90
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

5
160 60
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

6
107 36
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

7
108 39
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

8
79 22
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

9
95 34
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

10
57 12
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

11
81 42
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

12
104 43
Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
CliffShaw added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
97 39
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Bootsdad added Pitcher

14
89 37
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Pitcher

15
102 48
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
muzziac added Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher

16
68 42
Mike Cuellar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

17
44 12
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

18
61 38
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

19
42 12
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Pitcher

20
75 54
Camilo Pascual is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

21
39 11
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Pitcher

22
60 28
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
ByronWarfield added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

23
32 8
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

24
36 12
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
franklinwojciechszczesny added Pitcher

25
33 10
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

26
40 16
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

27
37 14
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

28
31 10
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

29
32 11
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

30
42 20
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Pitcher

31
28 9
Roy Oswalt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

32
25 7
Frank Tanana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

33
37 17
Darryl Kile is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Paul Nyhart added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

34
28 10
Chris Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

35
29 11
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

36
29 11
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

37
25 9
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

38
27 11
Tim Lincecum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
26 11
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

40
25 11
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

41
23 11
Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher

42
17 7
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Pitcher

43
26 28
Sal Maglie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

44
34 23
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mickzellar added Pitcher

45
21 11
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

46
15 6
Dave McNally is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

47
16 7
Jim Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
mike-page added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

48
13 6
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
14 7
Dazzy Vance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

50
17 10
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher