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The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

Updated June 26, 2020 317.3k votes 33.1k voters 571.6k views197 items

List RulesMLB 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. Featuring starting pitchers, players known for throwing the fastest pitches and cool curveballs, Black pitchers, left handed pitchers, and more, our rankings include old baseball legends and the new players currently pitching today. Who are the most famous pitchers in the world? Are your favorites in the top 25? Get your votes in, and let's see who's the best of the best.

Each of the excellent baseball pitchers on this list can arguably be called the "best," but they're all names every baseball fan should know. 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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  • 26
    3,359
    2,491

    Satchel Paige

    Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns
  • 27
    3,668
    2,749

    Mariano Rivera

    New York Yankees
  • 28
    4,183
    3,234

    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 29
    1,282
    890
    chile6880 added

    Justin Verlander

    Houston Astros
  • 30
    1,868
    1,433

    Mordecai Brown

    St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs
  • 31
    1,365
    1,027

    Rollie Fingers

    Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres
  • 32
    1,086
    835
    chile6880 added

    Ferguson Jenkins

    Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs
  • 33
    1,458
    1,102

    Smoky Joe Wood

    Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians
  • 34
    2,254
    2,082

    Juan Marichal

    San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 35
    1,227
    1,004

    Dennis Eckersley

    Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox
  • 36
    1,549
    1,257
    Redtom100 added

    Orel Hershiser

    San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 37
    1,084
    873

    Catfish Hunter

    Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics
  • 38
    1,507
    1,300
    assnfirefightersandparamedic added

    John Smoltz

    Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox
  • 39
    953
    722
    chr15mccarthy added

    Max Scherzer

    Washington Nationals
  • 40
    3,412
    3,812

    Roger Clemens

    Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays
  • 41
    1,357
    1,278
    GeoffZimmermann added

    Curt Schilling

    Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 42
    852
    859

    Phil Niekro

    Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays
  • 43
    841
    960
    Redtom100 added

    Gaylord Perry

    San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals
  • 44
    493
    463
    MacSa added

    Don Newcombe

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 45
    1,612
    2,021
    toycannon18 added

    Tom Glavine

    Atlanta Braves, New York Mets
  • 46
    485
    526
    slaft added

    Hoyt Wilhelm

    New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 47
    695
    807
    SeanKaufman added

    Ron Guidry

    New York Yankees
  • 48
    593
    721
    Redtom100 added

    Bob Lemon

    Cleveland Indians
  • 49
    614
    818

    Kid Nichols

    Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters
  • 50
    415
    501
    chile6880 added

    Dazzy Vance

    Brooklyn Robins, Pittsburgh Pirates