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
6,967 4,330
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
4,986 3,003
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

3
4,409 2,969
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
3,471 1,710
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
2,902 1,033
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

6
2,599 1,092
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
2,943 1,601
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

8
5,307 3,572
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

9
4,250 2,429
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

10
5,321 3,543
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

11
7,367 4,406
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

12
5,017 2,901
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
3,110 1,241
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

14
3,705 1,883
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
2,530 1,891
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
1,834 845
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

17
2,446 1,029
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

18
2,198 925
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
2,129 1,454
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
2,186 914
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

21
3,732 2,376
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

22
2,643 2,084
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

23
3,215 3,209
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

24
1,826 1,721
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

25
3,113 2,325
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees