MLB The Greatest Pitchers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
204.6k votes 23.6k voters 506k views 199 items

List Rules MLB players known for excellent pitching, not just great players that happen to pitch.

Who are the greatest pitchers of all time? Trying to decide who is the absolute greatest MLB pitcher ever is challenging to say the least, but it can be done - right here. This list includes some of the best Major League Baseball players of all time, but it is by no means complete. Add anyone you think is missing, vote for your favorites, and re-rank this list in any order you choose. Each of the excellent baseball pitchers on this list can arguably be called the "best." Some were known for their incredible fastballs; others, including Sandy Koufax and Bert Blyleven, are known for being some of the greatest curveball pitchers of all time. These are the famous pitchers who managed, with sheer skill, to outwit and beat some of the best hitters in baseball history, too. If you're interested in some modern-era baseball phenoms, check out this list of the best current MLB pitchers, and vote for the current players you think deserve the top spots.

list ordered by

1
4,326 2,447
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
6,279 3,695
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

3
3,833 2,360
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
2,798 1,289
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
5,020 2,720
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

6
4,955 2,775
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

7
7,047 3,450
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

8
3,852 1,838
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

9
4,606 2,207
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

10
2,271 1,282
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

11
2,129 866
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

12
1,829 943
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

13
3,090 1,602
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

14
2,035 1,486
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

15
2,341 1,108
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

16
2,451 1,364
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

17
3,438 1,605
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

18
3,023 2,374
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

19
1,630 1,079
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
1,768 848
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

21
2,848 1,638
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

22
1,473 1,223
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

23
1,134 727
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

24
1,420 859
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

25
1,447 791
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

26
795 601
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
959 748
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
1,451 1,266
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

29
1,448 857
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

30
533 356
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

31
1,143 1,242
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

32
1,233 832
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

33
723 547
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

34
1,212 978
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

35
475 263
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

36
690 495
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

37
799 595
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

38
954 758
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

39
830 592
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

40
1,022 943
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

41
418 519
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

42
718 745
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

43
642 588
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

44
334 166
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

45
532 432
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

46
573 810
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

47
494 509
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

48
644 472
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

49
607 617
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

50
396 372
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs