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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 of course, rerank 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.
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1
5,136 2,172
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

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2
4,390 2,334
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,690 1,466
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

4
3,651 1,446
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
2,851 1,603
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

6
2,554 1,469
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
2,575 1,056
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,222 1,247
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,597 927
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,190 960
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,392 752
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,415 772
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,440 679
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,162 618
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

15
1,723 692
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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16
941 685
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
2,052 1,347
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,007 941
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
953 698
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

20
2,291 806
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
915 694
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

22
1,021 561
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,089 652
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
727 633
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

25
756 528
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

26
835 424
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

27
726 577
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
653 421
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
489 544
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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30
731 559
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

31
497 337
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

32
516 493
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

33
541 333
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
425 568
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

35
447 353
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

36
692 448
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

37
418 546
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

38
774 501
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

39
352 238
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

40
341 356
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
426 307
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

42
290 431
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

43
389 442
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

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44
174 252
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

45
485 246
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens

46
201 355
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

47
234 164
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
412 333
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Félix Hernández 1986

49
384 385
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

50
314 445
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time