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
4,374 2,489
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
6,337 3,739
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

3
3,871 2,400
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

4
2,839 1,325
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
5,052 2,777
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

6
7,093 3,510
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

7
4,988 2,833
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
3,898 1,872
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

9
4,655 2,244
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

10
2,299 1,320
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

11
2,183 872
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

12
1,880 950
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

13
3,106 1,647
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

14
2,075 1,502
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

15
2,385 1,122
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

16
2,460 1,411
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

17
3,467 1,657
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

18
3,044 2,426
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

19
1,664 1,101
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

20
1,802 871
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

21
2,865 1,685
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

22
1,181 730
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

23
1,494 1,253
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

24
1,469 862
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

25
1,490 804
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

26
827 610
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
991 759
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
1,460 1,305
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

29
1,484 872
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

30
555 370
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

31
1,149 1,277
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

32
1,247 846
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

33
737 560
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

34
1,219 998
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

35
488 270
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

36
701 502
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

37
805 601
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

38
960 764
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

39
834 599
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

40
1,032 946
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

41
420 525
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

42
724 750
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

43
644 593
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

44
340 168
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

45
540 433
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

46
577 815
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

47
502 510
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

48
653 479
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

49
610 623
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

50
400 376
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs