MLB The Greatest Pitchers of All Time  

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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
5,401 3,298
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
4,797 3,288
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

3
7,328 4,712
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

4
3,835 1,984
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
3,412 1,106
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

6
3,085 1,195
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

7
5,664 3,895
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

8
3,265 1,874
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

9
4,553 2,748
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

10
7,628 4,871
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

11
5,524 3,984
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

12
5,338 3,202
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

13
3,438 1,439
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

14
4,043 2,092
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

15
2,820 2,092
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

16
2,197 898
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

17
2,842 1,073
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

18
2,622 975
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

19
2,546 1,509
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
2,620 956
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

21
2,888 2,365
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

22
4,010 2,708
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

23
1,668 958
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

24
3,344 3,665
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

25
2,032 1,994
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox