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.

1
5,832 3,151
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

2
3,408 2,083
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Walter Johnson Washington Senators

3
3,782 2,172
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Cy Young Cleveland Spiders, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps

4
4,701 2,189
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Greg Maddux San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

5
4,757 2,163
Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Randy Johnson Montreal Expos, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

6
6,695 2,869
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels

7
3,516 1,431
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals

8
4,270 1,775
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Pedro Martínez Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

9
2,218 1,175
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Christy Mathewson New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

10
1,955 997
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Warren Spahn San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves

11
2,822 1,221
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tom Seaver Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

12
1,809 1,135
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

13
2,025 858
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

14
1,622 808
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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1,348 886
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Grover Cleveland Alexander Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

16
2,270 959
Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Satchel Paige Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

17
3,178 1,167
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

18
2,829 1,877
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

19
2,644 1,240
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

20
1,307 882
Juan Marichal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

21
1,273 903
Jim Palmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles

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1,403 696
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

23
1,342 905
Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
toycannon18 added Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

24
1,110 656
Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

25
1,040 765
Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Dizzy Dean Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals

26
1,070 847
Roy Halladay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Tman added Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays

27
1,131 640
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
assnfirefightersandparamedic added John Smoltz Atlanta Braves

28
737 654
Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Carl Hubbell New York Giants

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643 642
Mordecai Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Mordecai Brown St. Louis Terriers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

30
1,063 727
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
madd added Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

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1,083 630
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Orel Hershiser San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

32
844 611
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Dennis Eckersley Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics

33
582 378
Ferguson Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Ferguson Jenkins Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

34
937 792
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
GeoffZimmermann added Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

35
750 500
Catfish Hunter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Catfish Hunter Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

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461 520
Ed Walsh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Ed Walsh Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves

37
674 501
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics

38
672 646
Gaylord Perry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Gaylord Perry San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

39
531 443
Smoky Joe Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

40
578 508
Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

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323 291
Rube Waddell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Rube Waddell Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels

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527 722
Don Sutton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Don Sutton Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics

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353 224
Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles

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317 458
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Kid Nichols Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals

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565 509
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
acequan added Dwight Gooden Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros

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451 401
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians

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569 381
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
chile6880 added Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

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412 474
Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Early Wynn Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

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478 576
Bert Blyleven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
Redtom100 added Bert Blyleven Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates

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241 143
Lefty Gomez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pitchers of All Time
RobLein added Lefty Gomez New York Yankees, Washington Senators