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
5,150 2,667
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

2
2,969 1,696
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

3
3,284 1,779
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young 1867

4
5,921 2,556
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan 1947

5
4,168 1,766
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

6
4,216 1,788
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

7
3,001 1,203
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson 1935

8
3,725 1,481
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
1,877 1,032
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

10
2,469 1,075
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver 1944

11
1,638 847
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

12
1,585 925
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

13
1,692 758
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Feller 1918

14
1,353 705
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
1,979 798
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
2,528 1,599
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

17
1,116 780
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

18
2,782 955
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
2,318 1,072
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
1,111 766
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

21
1,077 780
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer 1945

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22
1,167 621
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,205 750
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine 1966

24
863 699
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean 1910

25
911 594
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

26
983 499
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz 1967

27
925 663
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay 1977

28
586 593
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
740 493
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

30
466 284
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins 1942

31
859 573
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth 1895

32
637 391
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

33
588 395
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

34
828 657
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling 1966

35
906 553
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser 1958

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36
600 544
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry 1938

37
509 409
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

38
502 584
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

39
474 627
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton 1945

40
428 391
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

41
359 472
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh 1881

42
495 386
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden 1964

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
230 246
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell 1876

44
430 497
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven 1951

45
246 403
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

46
430 432
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
SeanKaufman added Ron Guidry 1950

47
290 223
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

48
340 434
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn 1920

49
358 360
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon 1920

50
254 188
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts 1926