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 play pitcher.

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.
list ordered by

1
5,445 2,852
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

2
3,131 1,868
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,482 1,935
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

4
4,408 1,928
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
4,439 1,921
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
6,257 2,662
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

7
3,217 1,278
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,961 1,580
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,983 1,089
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
1,741 899
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

11
2,607 1,124
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

12
1,667 997
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,797 802
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,435 745
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
1,189 815
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
2,095 855
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
2,966 1,024
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,643 1,702
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,450 1,132
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,184 800
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
1,127 842
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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22
1,246 653
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,256 804
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
991 729
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

25
974 619
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

26
918 722
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

27
1,033 546
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

28
638 613
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
504 309
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

30
775 534
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
867 709
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
916 633
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

33
546 603
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
964 578
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

35
625 431
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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36
673 429
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

37
629 584
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

38
469 411
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
399 489
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

40
540 448
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
496 664
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

42
267 262
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
270 427
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

44
520 436
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

45
365 449
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920

46
442 531
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

47
387 376
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon 1920

48
316 251
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

49
290 199
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts 1926

50
453 467
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950