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
4,468 2,555
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

2
3,963 2,457
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Washington Senators

3
6,441 3,831
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

4
2,938 1,370
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

5
7,151 3,622
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

6
5,101 2,875
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

7
5,033 2,937
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
3,966 1,941
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals

9
4,726 2,319
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
2,280 888
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

11
2,350 1,385
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

12
1,974 967
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
3,169 1,710
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
2,145 1,551
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
2,476 1,151
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cleveland Indians

16
2,481 1,508
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
3,519 1,771
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

18
3,082 2,525
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
1,887 893
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

20
1,720 1,154
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

21
1,257 747
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Giants

22
2,892 1,777
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
New York Yankees

23
1,552 872
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

24
1,537 1,310
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
1,559 838
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

26
883 630
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

27
1,041 783
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

28
1,481 1,371
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

29
1,551 889
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
593 392
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
1,160 1,338
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays

32
781 575
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

33
1,278 874
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

34
518 288
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

35
828 612
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

36
1,241 1,035
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

37
720 521
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

38
979 774
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

39
852 610
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
1,048 961
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
429 535
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

42
738 760
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
655 604
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

44
356 170
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added New York Yankees, Washington Senators

45
549 441
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Cleveland Indians

46
583 826
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

47
512 519
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

48
668 489
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Detroit Tigers

49
451 286
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chr15mccarthy added Arizona Diamondbacks

50
407 384
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs