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
4,856 2,522
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

2
3,979 1,626
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
5,645 2,447
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

4
2,802 1,593
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

5
4,041 1,655
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
3,125 1,705
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

7
2,796 1,152
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,514 1,405
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,748 991
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,367 1,020
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,505 814
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,519 844
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,570 731
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,248 677
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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15
1,861 762
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
2,423 1,495
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
1,011 747
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,602 899
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,173 1,037
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,030 752
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

21
1,010 741
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

22
1,110 602
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,172 708
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
938 465
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

25
779 677
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

26
827 576
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

27
880 627
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
713 463
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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29
798 523
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

30
608 367
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

31
799 616
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

32
560 370
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

33
521 577
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
844 537
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

35
398 270
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

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36
576 524
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

37
487 386
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

38
455 604
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

39
449 572
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
472 356
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

41
367 382
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

42
313 457
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

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43
420 470
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

44
272 199
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

45
417 412
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

46
194 296
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Johan Santana 1979

47
420 353
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
jschro1861 added Jack Morris 1955

48
217 383
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

49
181 236
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876

50
386 263
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander 1983